Ricky Kej wins third Grammy Award, dedicates honour to India
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Ricky Kej wins third Grammy Award, dedicates honour to India

By PTI Updated: Feb 06, 2023 8:36 pm
Ricky Kej wins third Grammy Award, dedicates honour to India
Ricky Kej, from left, Herbert Waltl, and Stewart Copeland pose in the press room with the award for best immersive audio album for “Divine Tides” at the 65th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. AP/PTI(AP02_06_2023_000018B)

Music composer Ricky Kej, based out of Bengaluru, has won his third Grammy Award for the album ‘Divine Tides’ and dedicated the honour to his home country, India.

The US-born musician shared the award with Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the iconic British rock band The Police, who collaborated with Kej on the album.

At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, the duo earned the gramophone trophy in the best immersive audio album winner category. They had won a Grammy in the best new age album category for the same album last year.

“Congrats Best Immersive Audio Album winner – ‘Divine Tides’ Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineer; @copelandmusic, @rickykej & Herbert Waltl, immersive producers (Stewart Copeland & Ricky Kej) #GRAMMYs,” announced the Recording Academy, the organisation behind Grammy Awards, on its official Twitter page on Sunday night.

Kej said he was “grateful” for the recognition.

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“Just won my 3rd Grammy Award. Extremely grateful, am speechless! I dedicate this Award to India. @copelandmusic. Herbert Waltl Eric Schilling Vanil Veigas Lonnie Park,” the composer captioned a series of pictures on his Twitter page.

Other nominees in the category were: Christina Aguilera (‘Aguilera’), The Chainsmokers (‘Memories… Do Not Open’), Jane Ira Bloom (‘Picturing The Invisible- Focus 1’), and Nidarosdomens Jentekor & Trondeheimsolistene (‘Tuvahyun – Beatitudes for a Wounded World’).

‘Divine Tides’ is a nine-song album that aims to deliver the message that “each individual life plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance that serves all equally”.

Kej took home his first Grammy in the best new age album category for ‘Winds of Samsara’ back in 2015.

As part of his work with The Police, Copeland has won five Grammys. With Kej as collaborator, this is his second award. (Los Angeles, PTI)

List of Grammy winners in top categories

Winners on Sunday in the top categories at the 65th Grammy Awards:

Best R and B Song: “CUFF IT,” Beyonce

Best country album: “A Beautiful Time,” Willie Nelson

Best pop vocal album: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles.

Best rock album: “Patient Number 9,” Ozzy Osbourne

Best rock performance: “Broken Horses,” Brandi Carlile

Best rock song: “Broken Horses,” Brandi Carlile

Best rap performance: “The Heart Part 5,” Kendrick Lamar

Best rap song: “The Heart Part 5,” Kendrick Lamar

Best melodic rap performance: “WAIT FOR U,” Future featuring Drake and Tems

Best R and B album: “Black Radio III,” Robert Glasper

Best R and B performance: “Hrs and Hrs,” Muni Long

Best traditional R and B performance: “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA” by Beyonc

Best progressive R and B album: “Gemini Rights,” Steve Lacy

Best alternative music performance: “Chaise Longue” by Wet Leg

Best alternative music album: “Wet Leg,” Wet Leg

Best audio book, narration and storytelling recording: “Finding Me,” Viola Davis

Best traditional pop vocal album: “Higher,” Michael Bubl

Best solo country solo performance: “Live Forever,” Willie Nelson

Best country duo/group performance: “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

Best country album: “‘Til You Can’t,” Cody Johnson

Best music video: “All Too Well: The Short Film,” Taylor Swift.

Producer of the year, non-classical: Jack Antonoff

Best comedy album: “The Closer,” Dave Chappelle

Best musical theatre album: “Into The Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording)”

Best music film: “Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story”

Best song written for visual media: “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Best jazz vocal album: Samara Joy

Best Americana album: “In These Silent Days,” Brandi Carlile

Best Americana performance: “Made Up Mind,” Bonnie Raitt

Best American roots song: “Just Like That…,” Bonnie Raitt

Best dance/electronic recording: “Break My Soul,” Beyonc

Best metal performance: “Degradation Rules,” Ozzy Osbourne featuring Tony Iommi

Best engineered, non-classical album: “Harry’s House,” Harry Styles

Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Encanto”

Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Encanto,” Germaine Franco


By PTI Updated: Feb 06, 2023 8:36:54 pm