Eddy Kenzo explains story behind his Grammy Awards nomination

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Hours after being nominated for this year’s Grammy Awards, Ugandan singer Edrisah Musuuza, also known as Eddy Kenzo has broken the silence about how he beat the odds get nominated for the awards.

Kenzo was on Tuesday announced among the nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles.

The Ugandan singer was nominated for his Gimme Love, a song in which he featured with American singer, Matt B .

The song has been nominated for the best global music performance.

The Ugandan singer will be facing competition from Udhero Na by Arooj Aftab and Anoushka Shankar, Last Last by Burna Boy, Neva Bow Down by Rocky Dawuni featuring Blvk H3ro, and Bayethe Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini and Nomcebo Zikode.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Kampala, the Ugandan singer who describes himself as a boy from the ghetto said it all started earlier this year during one of the concerts he had in the US.

“It was in the US where I had a number of shows. I then went to Los Angeles for one of the shows and I was lucky, it was the Grammys week. I was always admiring the Grammys,” Kenzo explained.

The Grammys week is weeklong festival celebrating music and music education during the week leading up to the Grammy Awards.

This year’s Grammy week was held for four days in February.

The Ugandan singer said on Tuesday that being in Los Angeles where he was set to perform, he used his contacts to ensure he appears at one of the events during the Grammy week.

“I asked my contact to hook me up to the Grammy consideration party. There were so many musicians and it is where I found Matt B and introduced me to many other musicians. I became friends with Matt B that we later hit the studio and recorded the song.”

Kenzo and Matt B said their song has won over 20 awards in the US.

The Ugandan singer says he is optimistic he will bring the accolade home, but noted that even if he doesn’t win it, being nominated is achievement enough.

“I thank God for this nomination. It is not mine but for Uganda. I am grateful to everyone for their contribution in ensuring this nomination. It means a lot for me and Ugandan music. This no mean feat.”


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