Arooj Aftab has won her first-ever Grammy, taking home the award for her rendition of ‘Mohabbat’ at the 64th Grammys. The Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer won over Femi Kuti (‘Pà P’ Pà”), Wizkid and Tems (‘Essence’), Angélique Kidjo and Burna Boy (‘Do Yourself’) and Yo-Yo Ma and Angélique Kidjo (‘Blewu’). Keep up with the updating list of winners here.
“I think I’m gonna faint. Wow, thank you so much. I feel like this category in and of itself has been so insane,” Aftab said in her acceptance speech. “Burna Boy, Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Angélique Kidjo – should this be called Best World Music Performance? I feel like it should be called ‘yacht party category.’” She continued, “Anyway, thank you so much to everyone who helped me make this record, all my incredible collaborators, for following me and making this music I made about everything that broke me and put me back together. Thank you for listening to it and making it yours.”
Aftab is also up for Best New Artist category this year. Check out our Artist Spotlight interview with Arooj Aftab.