Arooj Aftab, a vocalist, composer and producer became the first Pakistani to receive a Grammy nomination on Tuesday.
Aftab has been nominated for the 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 called “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 called “Mohabbat.” The song had 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.
Hadiqa Kiani also celebrated Aftab’s nomination and urged her followers to listen to the artist’s music.
One user wants everybody to know how big of a deal this is in case someone doesn’t get it.
Here’s one of the most wholesome tweets for Aftab.
Singer and song-writer Fakhr-e-alam also congratulated Aftab on her achievement.
While most people are happy for Aftab for being nominated, some aren’t so convinced.
This user has serious question about Aftab’s origin.
Another user who doesn’t get what the excitement is about said “Nothing puts me off like celebration of western validation of art that has been loved and celebrated by masses in the global south for decades, sometimes centuries.”
Coming to Aftab’s defence one user replied that the nomination is to celebrate Aftab’s 15 years of hard work in music and that it shouldn’t be equated as a reward for the entire “global south.”