Black Coffee Wins Best Dance/Electronic Album at 2022 Grammys: ‘I Want To Thank God For The Gift of Music’

Black Coffee Wins Best Dance/Electronic Album at 2022 Grammys: ‘I Want To Thank God For The Gift of Music’ thumbnail

This is the first time that a South African producer has been nominated or won in this category.

DJ Black Coffee

DJ Black Coffee and Esona Maphumulo accept the Best Dance/Electronic Album award for Subconsciously, onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom on April 3, 2022 in Las Vegas.
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At the 2022 Grammys, Black Coffee won his first-ever Grammy award, earned in the best dance/electronic album category, with his 2021 LP, Subconsciously.

This is the first time that a South African producer has been nominated or won in this category. The artist, who wore a sharp white suit and took to the stage during the premiere ceremony, said that he wanted to thank God for the gift that music has given him. He also mentioned that Esona was his first-born son and that he has five other children back in Johannesburg that he can take to future ceremonies.

In his speech, the artist born Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo thanked his album collaborators including Pharrell and David Guetta, who Black Coffee says “believed in working with a smaller artist like myself and trusting me and trusting my ear.” Other artists who appear on Subconsciously include Sabrina Claudio, Usher and Diplo.

“While I was working on this album, it was so important for me to make it accessible to as many people as possible,” Black Coffee recently told Billboard of his nomination. “The album challenges many sounds, styles, while remaining true to my roots. I wanted to create an album that could be enjoyed in the car, in the club, or while you’re cleaning up, going through a difficult time, and everything in between. It transcends boundaries, and that’s what I believe is the ultimate appeal .”

Black Coffee was one of the night’s two winners in best dance/electronic categories. RUFUS DU SOOL took home the award for the best dance/electronic track for “Alive .”

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