Nigeria’s Femi Kuti loses Grammy Awards, reacts

Femi Kuti

Hip-hop duo, Macklemore & Lewis, were the biggest winners of the night.

Nigeria’s Afrobeat king, Femi Kuti, on Sunday night lost for the fourth time at the Grammy Awards. He was nominated in the ‘World Music’ category, for his album ‘No Place For My Dream‘.

French group, Gipsy Kings, and South Africa’s male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, were announced joint winners of the category.

Reacting to his loss, Femi Kuti tweeted; “Congrats to the winners, the nomination already made my year, not winning won’t spoil it”.

The Bang Bang crooner also made jokes out of losing the award when he responded to tweets by some of his fans who felt he was robbed.

“@herbesoyeah: @femikuti didn’t win grammy award again… Racial discrimination of the highest order”. Femi responded “lol my people be hapi”.


Rapper Kendrick Lamar missed out on all 7 nominations, including the Best Rap Song, Performance, & Album, to big winners of the night, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The Hip-hop duo, Macklemore & Lewis, won four awards – best new artist, best rap album, song, and performance. Daft Punk also won four, including record of the year, for their hit, Get Lucky; and best dance/electronica album.

This year’s show was opened by Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce.

See the full winners below.

Album of the Year

Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories -Winner

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis – The Heist

Taylor Swift – Red

Record of the Year

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’ -Winner

Imagine Dragons – ‘Radioactive’

Lorde – ‘Royals’

Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams n T.I. – ‘Blurred Lines’

Song of the Year

Pink feat. Nate Reuss – ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Bruno Mars – ‘Locked Out of Heaven’

Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

Lorde – ‘Royals’ -Winner

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert – ‘Same Love’

Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis -Winner

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles – ‘Brave’

Lorde – ‘Royals’ -Winner

Bruno Mars – ‘When I Was Your Man’

Katy Perry – ‘Roar’

Justin Timberlake ‘Mirrors’

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – ‘Get Lucky’ -Winner

Pink feat. Nate Reuss – ‘Just Give Me a Reason’

Rihanna feat. Mikky Eiko – ‘Stay’

Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams n T.I. – ‘Blurred Lines’

Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z – ‘Suit n Tie’

Best Pop Vocal Album

Lana Del Rey – Paradise

Lorde – Pure Heroine

Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox -Winner

Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett n Various Artist – Viva Duets

Michael Buble – To Be Loved -Winner

Gloria Estefan – The Standards

Cee Lo Green – Cee Lo’s Magic Moment

Dionne Warwick – Now

Best Country Solo Performance

Lee Price – ‘I Drive Your Truck’

Hunter Hayes – ‘I Want Crazy’

Miranda Lambert – ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’

Darius Rucker – ‘Wagon Wheel’ -Winner

Blake Shelton – ‘Mine Would Be You’

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Civil Wars – From This Valley -Winner

Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill – ‘Don’t Rush’

Little Big Town – ‘Your Side of the Bed’

Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban – ‘Highway Don’t Care’

Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton – ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’

Best Country Song

Taylor Swift – ‘Begin Again’

Lee Brice – ‘I Drive Your Truck’

Miranda Lambert – ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’

Kacey Musgraves – ‘Merry Go Round’ -Winner

Blake Shelton – ‘Mine Would Be You’

Best Country Album

Jason Aldean – Night Train

Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom

Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park -Winner

Blake Shelton – Based on a True Story

Taylor Swift – Red

Best Dance Recording

Duke Dumont feat. AME n MNEK – ‘Need U’

Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – ‘Sweet Nothing’

Kaskade – ‘Atmosphere’

Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’

Zedd feat. Foxes – ‘Clarity’ -Winner

Best Dance Album

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories -Winner

Disclosure – Settle

Calvin Harris – 18 Months

Kaskade – Atmosphere

Pretty Lights – A Color Map of the Sun

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – ‘Always Alright’

David Bowie – ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’

Imagine Dragons – ‘Radioactive’ -Winner

Led Zeppelin – ‘Kashmir’

Queens of the Stone Age – ‘My God is the Sun’

Jack White – ‘I’m Shakin”

Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr – ‘Ain’t Messin Round’

Paul McCartney – ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ -Winner

The Rolling Stones – ‘Doom and Gloom’

Black Sabbath – ‘God Is Dead?’

Muse – ‘Panic Station’

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath – 13

David Bowie – The Next Day

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day -Winner

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

Best RnB Performance

Tamar Braxton – ‘Love and War’

Anthony Hamilton – ‘Best of Me’

Hiatus Kaiyote feat. Q-Tip – ‘Nakamarra’

Miguel feat. Kendrick Lamar – ‘How Many Drinks?’

Snark Puppy with Lalah Hathaway – ‘Something’ -Winner

Best RnB Song

Anthony Hamilton – ‘Best of Me’

Tamar Braxton – ‘Love and War’

PJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder – ‘Only One’

Justin Timberlake – ‘Pusher Love Girl’ -Winner

Fantasia feat. Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliot – ‘Without Me’

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Tamar Braxton – Love and War

Fantasia – Side Effects of You

Salaam Remi – One: In the Chamber

Rihanna – Unapologetic -Winner

Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story

Best RnB Album

Faith Evans – RnB Divas

Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire -Winner

John Legend – Love in the Future

Chrisette Michele – Better

TGT – Three Kings

Best Rap Performance

Drake – ‘Started From the Bottom’

Eminem – ‘Berzerk’

Jay Z – ‘Tom Ford’

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz – ‘Thrift Shop’ -Winner

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

J. Cole feat Miguel – ‘Power Trip’

Jay Z feat. Beyonce – ‘Part II (On the Run)’

Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – ‘Holy Grail’ -Winner

Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige – ‘Now or Never’

Wiz Khalifa feat. The Weeknd – ‘Remember You’

Best Rap Song

ASAP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar – ‘F***in’ Problems’

Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake – ‘Holy Grail’

Kanye West – ‘New Slaves’

Drake – ‘Started From the Bottom’

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis – ‘Thrift Shop’ -Winner

Best Rap Album

Drake – Nothing Was the Same

Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail

Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City

Macklemore n Ryan Lewis – The Heist -Winner

Kanye West – Yeezus

Best Song Written For Visual Media

Coldplay – ‘Atlas’ from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jessie J – ‘Silver Lining’ from Silver Linings Playbook

Adele – ‘Skyfall’ from Skyfall -Winner

Colbie Caillat feat. Gavin DeGraw – ‘We Both Know’ from Safe Haven

Lana Del Rey – ‘Young and Beautiful’ from The Great Gatsby

Regina Spektor – ‘You’ve Got Time’ from Orange Is the New Black


Hard rock/metal performance: ‘God is Dead,’ Black Sabbath.

Alternative music album: ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ Vampire Weekend.

Dance recording: ‘Clarity,’ Zedd featuring Foxes.

Dance/electronica album: ‘Random Access Memories,’ Daft Punk.

Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams.

Latin pop album: ‘Vida,’ Draco Rosa

Latin rock, urban or alternative album: ‘Treinta Dias,’ La Santa Cecilia.

Latin jazz album: ‘Song for Maura,’ Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente.

Tropical Latin album: ‘Pacific Mambo Orchestra,’ Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Country solo performance: ‘Wagon Wheel,’ Darius Rucker.

Country duo/group performance: ‘From This Valley,’ The Civil Wars.

Country song: ‘Merry Go ‘Round,’ Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne.

Gospel song: ‘If He Did It Before … Same God (Live),’ Tye Tribbett

Gospel album: ‘Greater Than (Live),’ Tye Tribbettlatin

Blues album: ‘Get Up!,’ Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite.

Folk album: ‘My Favorite Picture of You,’ Guy Clark.

Americana album: ‘Old Yellow Moon,’ Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Bluegrass album: ‘The Streets of Baltimore,’ Del McCoury Band.

Reggae album: ‘Ziggy Marley in Concert,’ Ziggy Marley.

World music album: ‘Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,’ Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and ‘Savor Flamenco,’ Gypsy Kings (tie).

Children’s album: ‘Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well,’ Jennifer Gasoi.

Spoken word album: ‘America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t,’ Stephen Colbert.

Comedy album: ‘Calm Down Gurrl,’ Kathy Griffin.

New age album: ‘Love’s River,’ Laura Sullivan.

Jazz vocal album: ‘Liquid Spirit,’ Gregory Porter.

Jazz instrumental album: ‘Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,’ Terri Lyne Carrington.

Large jazz ensemble album: ‘Night in Calisia,’ Randy Brecker, Wlodek Pawlik Trio and Kalisz Philharmonic.

Pop instrumental album: ‘Steppin’ Out,’ Herb Alpert.

Compilation soundtrack album: ‘Sound City: Real to Reel,’ Dave Grohl and various artists, Butch Vig.

Score soundtrack album: ‘Skyfall,’ Thomas Newman, composer.

Song written for visual media: ‘Skyfall,’ Adele and Paul Epworth.

Musical theater album: ‘Kinky Boots,’ Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Sammy James Jr., Stephen Oremus and William Wittman.

Producer of the year, classical: David Frost.

Instrumental composition: ‘Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orechestra,’ Clare Fischer.

Orchestral performance: ‘Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 n 4,’ Osmo Vanska, conductor.

Opera recording: ‘Ades: The Tempest,’ Thomas Ades, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna, Alan Oke, Jay David Saks.

Choral performance: ‘Part: Adam’s Lament,’ Tonu Kaljuste, conductor.

Short-form music video: ‘Suit n Tie,’ Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, David Fincher, Timory King.

Long-form music video: ‘Live Kisses,’ Paul McCartney, Jonas Akerlund, Violaine Etienne, Aron Levin and Scott Rodger.

Historical album: ‘The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums’ of Bill Withers, Leo Sacks, Joseph M. Palmaccio, Tom Ruff and Mark Wilder, and ‘Charlie is My Darling,’ Teri Landi, Andrew Loog Oldham, Steve Rosenthal and Bob Ludwig.

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