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SA DJ Black Coffee becomes first African DJ to win Grammys award

The 64th annual Grammy awards, screened in the early hours of Monday morning on 4 April 2022, saw South African DJ, Black Coffee – whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo – make history by becoming the first African DJ to win a Grammy award.

Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer and songwriter. 

The Drive hit-maker won in the category Best Dance/Electronic Album for his seventh studio album, Subconsciously, which was released in 2021 and features Pharrell Williams, David Guetta and Msaki, among other artists.

During his acceptance speech, Black Coffee – who took to the stage alongside his eldest son Esona – revealed how he wants his music to heal people.

“I want to thank God for the gift of music and being able to share it with the world and heal souls and help people go through whatever they’re going through in life,” he said before thanking his fans and his children.

“I want to thank my fans all over the world and people who follow what I do, thank you so much for believing in me. I want to thank my family and my children.”

Other winners for the night included Jazmine Sullivan who walked away with the Best R&B Album and top nominated artist Jon Batiste who walked away with five Grammys, including the Album of the Year award.

Here’s a full list of the winners.

Album of the year

Jon Batiste – We Are

Record of the year

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Best pop/duo group performance

Doja Cat featuring SZA – Kiss Me More

Best pop vocal album

Olivia Rodrigo – Sour

Best R&B album

Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales

Best rap performance

Baby Keem featuring Kendrick Lamar – Family Ties 

Best new artist

Olivia Rodrigo

Song of the year

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Best country album

Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

Best pop solo performance

Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

Best dance/electronic recording

Rüfüs Du Sol – Alive

Best dance/electronic album

Black Coffee – Subconsciously

Best country duo/group performance

Brothers Osborne – Younger Me

Best rock performance

Foo Fighters – Making a Fire

Best metal performance

Dream Theater – The Alien

Best rock song

Foo Fighters – Waiting on a War

Best rock album

Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight

Best alternative music album

St Vincent – Daddy’s Home

Best R&B performance

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Jazmine Sullivan – Pick Up Your Feelings

Best traditional R&B performance

HER – Fight for You

Best R&B song

Silk Sonic – Leave the Door Open

Best rap album

Tyler, the Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost

Best rap song

Kanye West featuring Jay-Z – Jail

Best melodic rap performance

Kanye West featuring the Weeknd and Lil Baby – Hurricane

Best country song

Chris Stapleton – Cold

Best country solo performance

Chris Stapleton – You Should Probably Leave

Best Latin pop album

Alex Cuba – Mendó

Best música urbana album

Bad Bunny – El Último Tour del Mundo

Best Latin rock or alternative album

Juanes – Origen

Best tropical Latin album

Rubén Blades y Roberto Delgado & Orquesta – Salswing!

Best American roots performance

Jon Batiste – Cry

Best American roots song

Jon Batiste – Cry

Best Americana album

Los Lobos – Native Sons

Best contemporary blues album

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – 662

Best traditional blues album

Cedric Burnside – I Be Trying

Best bluegrass album

Béla Fleck – My Bluegrass Heart

Best folk album

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – They’re Calling Me Home

Best reggae album

Soja – Beauty in the Silence

Best jazz vocal album

Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab

Best jazz instrumental album

Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Skyline 

Best Latin jazz album

Eliane Elias With Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés – Mirror Mirror

Best new age album

Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej – Divine Tides

Best global music album

Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature

Best global music performance

Arooj Aftab – Mohabbat

Best regional Mexican music album

Vicente Fernández – A Mis 80’s

Best gospel album

CeCe Winans – Believe for It

Best roots gospel album

Carrie Underwood – My Savior

Best gospel performance/song

CeCe Winans – Never Lost

Best contemporary Christian album

Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music – Old Church Basement

Best contemporary Christian music performance/song

CeCe Winans – Believe for It

Producer of the year, non-classical

Jack Antonoff

Best comedy album

Louis CK – Sincerely Louis CK 

Best spoken word album

Don Cheadle – Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation From John Lewis

Best music film

Various Artists – Summer of Soul

Best song written for visual media

Bo Burnham – All Eyes on Me

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media

Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best score soundtrack for visual media

Carlos Rafael Rivera – The Queen’s Gambit

Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Soul

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