Vocalist, composer and producer Arooj Aftab has become the first Pakistani to receive a Grammy nomination on Tuesday.
Aftab has been nominated for the Best Global Music Performance and Best New Artist category which is described as a “category that recognises an artist whose release achieved a breakthrough into the public consciousness and notably impacted the musical landscape.”
Other artists nominated for the same award are Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, FINNEAS, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid LAROI, Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo and Saweetie.
The 64th Grammys will be held on January 31 next year at the Crypto.com Arena, which was formerly known as the Staples Centre, in Los Angeles.
Based in Brooklyn, Aftab has three solo albums to her credit. Her latest release is Vulture Prince. According to a profile published by a music app, the album is about “revisiting places that I’ve called mine,” said Aftab, “Places that don’t necessarily exist anymore. It’s about people, friendships, relationships.”
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Aftab established herself as an indie artist by covering Amir Zaki’s Mera Pyar and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. She promoted her music online in Pakistan and taught herself to play the guitar.
Aftab has been nominated for her track Mohabbat. The song also made it to former US president Barack Obama’s summer playlist. As soon as Grammy nominations were announced, messages of support and love started pouring in for the artist.
Singer Fifi Haroon showed her excitement for Aftab on Twitter.
Veteran singer Hadiqa Kiani also celebrated Aftab’s nomination and urged her followers to listen to the artist’s music.
Singer and song-writer Fakhr-e-alam also congratulated Aftab on her achievement.
Taking to Twitter, the singer has expressed her joy, saying: “Shock, awe and happiness.”