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66th Grammy Awards: India wins big; Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain clinch 'Best Global Music Album' award

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- February 05th 2024 08:59 AM
66th Grammy Awards: India wins big; Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain clinch 'Best Global Music Album' award

66th Grammy Awards: India wins big; Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain clinch 'Best Global Music Album' award

66th Grammy Awards: India wakes up to a happy Monday morning as musicians Shankar Mahadevan, and Zakir Hussain’s fusion band Shakti clinched the Grammy Awards for Best Global Music Album for their latest release, ‘This Moment’.

Taking to X, Grammys shared the post and wrote, “Congrats Best Global Music Album winner - 'This Moment' Shakti. #GRAMMYs.”


They were nominated in the race Grammys with artists like Susana Baca, Bokante, Burna Boy and Davido.

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In an acceptance speech, Mahadevan said, "Thank you boys. Thank you God, family, friends and India. India, we are proud of you."

His shout-out to the nation evoked a loud cheer from the crowd.
Mahadevan also thanked his wife for her constant support.

"Last but not the least, I would like to dedicate this award to my wife whom every note of my music is dedicated to," he added.

Ustad Zakir Hussain bags three awards at the 66th Grammy Awards

Ustad Zakir Hussain has bagged three awards at the 66th Grammy Awards, presented in the US on Monday.

The tabla player and music composer picked up the coveted award in 'Best Global Music Performance' category for 'Pashto'.

In his acceptance speech for 'Pashto' on behalf of Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia- his fellow musicians- the 72-year-old Mumbai born percussionist said, "Thanks to the Academy, thanks to all these great musicians for giving us beautiful music...our deepest thanks to our families...without them, we are nothing... without love, without music, without harmony, we are nothing."

'As We Speak' in which the tabla maveick has collaborated with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia won the Grammy for the 'Best Contemporary Instrumental Album' category.

Taking to his X handle, three-time Grammy Award-winning musician Rickey Kej heaped praise on singer Shankar Mahadevan and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain's band 'Shakti' for their win at this year's Grammys. 

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards 2024 are being held in Los Angeles.

'This Moment' album was released in June 2023, and is the band's first album in 45 years. The band also kicked off their world tour.

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It features eight compositions and performances created by John McLaughlin (guitar, guitar synth), Zakir Hussain (tabla), Shankar Mahadevan (vocalist), V Selvaganesh (percussionist), and Ganesh Rajagopalan (violinist).

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