Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab, who won her first Grammy on Sunday, said she is “honored and grateful for this victory.”
On Twitter on Tuesday, she said: “A highly competitive category, full of well-respected legendary nominees. I’m honored and grateful for this win. Making deeply personal, crossover music, in Urdu, and being seen by it…feels like a breakthrough.”
Arooj Aftab picked up his first Grammy on Sunday, winning a prestigious trophy for his song “Mohabbat” in the Best Global Performance category.
The Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist, who has lived in New York for some 15 years, has steadily gained worldwide attention for her work that fuses ancient Sufi traditions with inflections of folk, jazz and minimalism.
She’s also nominated for the coveted Best New Artist award, which will be presented during the main Grammy telecast later on Sunday.
“I am more than excited,” the artist told reporters backstage at the ceremony prior to the gala, where the vast majority of the prizes are awarded. “He feels great.”
“I’ve been very nervous all day. And we’re off to a good start.”
Born to Pakistani parents in Saudi Arabia, Aftab spent her teenage years in Lahore before moving to Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music to study music production and engineering.
He released his third studio album “Vulture Prince” to critical acclaim and gained even more attention after former US President Barack Obama included the song “Mohabbat” in his 2021 summer favorites list.
Aftab has performed at several major New York venues, including Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, and also opened for Mitski at The Brooklyn Steel in 2018.