Music composer and producer, Ricky Kej, has won his third Grammy award in the Best Immersive Audio Album category. The result was announced this morning at the Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles, USA.
With this latest win, he became the first Indian to have won three Grammys. Kej’s album, “Divine Tides,” is a collaboration with Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the iconic British rock band The Police. Ricky took to Twitter after the win and dedicated the song to India.
The critically acclaimed album, which was released in 2021, features artists from all over the world and contains 9 songs and 8 music videos that aims to deliver the message that “each individual life plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance that serves all equally”.
Kej last won a Grammy in 2022 for the same album in the Best New Age Album category.
The Bengaluru-based composer won his first Grammy back in 2015 for his album,’Wings of Samsara.’
After learning about his nomination, Kej said, “It is an absolute honour to be nominated a second time for a Grammy Award for our album ‘Divine Tides’. Although my music is cross-cultural, it has always had strong Indian roots and I am extremely proud that Indian music has been recognized and shortlisted for this prestigious award by The Recording Academy. This nomination encourages me further and solidifies my belief to continue making music that can inspire positive social impact.”
Kej is the youngest Indian and only the fourth Indian to have won a Grammy award. Copeland has won five Grammys, out of which two are with Kej as a collaborator.
He is an internationally renowned Indian music composer and environmentalist who has performed at prestigious venues in over 30 countries, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva. Among his several accolades, Kej has been honoured with the United Nations Global Humanitarian Artist and Youth Icon of India. He is the UNESCO MGIEP Global Ambassador for Kindness; UNCCD Land Ambassador; UNICEF Celebrity Supporter; and Ambassador for Earth Day Network.