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8 December 2013

Nigeria: Femi Kuti Gets Fourth Grammy Award Nomination

Afro beat King, Femi Kuti, was again nominated in the Best World Music Album Category for his album No Place For My Dream in the forthcoming 2014 Grammy Awards.

This is Kuti fourth nomination at the Grammys. The artiste has, however, vowed never to attend the awards again.

"If I win it, let them bring it here," he said after the last time he was nominated in 2012.

Kuti's album was nominated in the same category as Gipsy Kings' Savor Flamenco, Live: Singing For Peace Around The World by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Living Room Sessions Part 2 by Ravi Shankar.

The Grammy Awards are the biggest awards of the music industry and the 2014 edition would take place on January 14.

Jay Z led the pack with nine nominations, while Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell and Justin Timberlake scored seven nominations each.

Jay Z's was nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album but missed out on the prestigious Album and Record of the Year awards for Magna Carta Holy Grail .

Justin Timberlake's best-selling album of 2013, The 20/20 Experience, was also snubbed for Album of the Year.

Album of the Year nominees included Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift. New Artist nominees included Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Pop songs dominated the Song of the Year category with Pink, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry in the running against teen newcomer, Lorde.

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