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Meet Folasade Adu, The First Nigerian To Win The Grammy Award

Grammy Award, otherwise known as Gramophone Award, is a worldwide award presented by the Recording Academy to recognize excellence in the music industry of the United States. It is regarded as the biggest award an artist can ever receive in his/ her lifetime.

In the history of Nigeria, only 8 super artists have received this overwhelming award for their excellent performance in the music industry. Today we shall be discussing the first Nigerian to receive the Grammy Award.

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Helen Folashade Adu an Indigene of Ekiti born in Ibadan and raised in England is the first Nigerian to have ever won a Grammy Award. The female singer, songwriter, and actress won the Grammy in the year 1986 after she was chosen as the Best New Artist. She is one of the most successful Nigerian-born British artists in history and the leader of the eponymous band.


She won her second Grammy Award in 1994 with her song known as “No Ordinary Love” for the Best and R&B Performance by a group with vocals. In 2002, she won her third Grammy with “Lover's Rock” for the Best Pop Vocal Album and defended her fourth Grammy with her song “Soldier Bird” for Best R&B Performance by vocals.

She is not the only Nigerian that has won the famous Grammy Award. Here are some Nigerians who have made the giant of Africa proud by bringing home the Grammy. They include Sikiru Adepoju (1991 & 2009), Hakeem Seriki (2007), Kelvin Olusola (2015, 2016 & 2017), Lekan Babalola (2006 & 2009), Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel (1996 & 2011), Wizkid (2020), and Burnaboy (2020)


Helen Folashade is currently 62 years old, and she is still very much present in the entertainment world. What do you have to say about this legend?


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