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India's Ricky Kej wins third Grammy: 'Speechless, extremely grateful'

Grammy Awards 2023: Ricky Kej, based out of Bengaluru, won the Grammy this year for 'Divine Tides', in the best immersive audio album category.

February 06, 2023 / 09:40 AM IST
Grammy Awards 2023: Ricky Kej accepts his award in Los Angeles.

Grammy Awards 2023: Ricky Kej accepts his award in Los Angeles.

Indian music composer Ricky Kej won his third Grammy at the music award ceremony's 65th edition on February 6. The US-born musician shared the best immersive audio album award for 'Divine Tides' with Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the iconic British rock band 'The Police'

Last year, the duo had won the Grammy in the best new age album category for the same work.

Kej dedicated his Grammys victory to India. "Extremely grateful, am speechless," he tweeted.


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

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Kej and Copeland's 'Divine Tides' is a nine-song album that explores how each individual life plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance that serves all equally.

The album features artistes from around the world, merging soundscapes and melodies with pulsating rhythms amidst lush ambient textures.

The diverse musical canvas of 'Divine Tides' showcases a world where humans can adapt to change, just like the moving tides, a world in which all life can thrive.

Bengaluru-based Ricky Kej had won his first Grammy in 2015, for his album 'Winds of Samsara' in the best new age album category . It was his collaboration with South African musician Wouter Kellerman. The two artistes had bonded over their respective national icons -- Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, who were both committed to fighting colonial oppression.

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first published: Feb 6, 2023 07:39 am