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Shakti & Zakir Hussain Create Grammy History


The 66th Annual Grammy Awards known to be the highest honor in the music industry worldwide were announced on Sunday night. And the Indian troupe Shakti won the Best Global Music Album trophy for its album ‘This Moment’. The group comprises of Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, guitarist John McLaughlin, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram. Beaming ear to ear with this big win, Shankar said, “We miss you, Johnji. Zakir Hussain, he just had another Grammy today. Thank you, boys, God, family, friends and India. We are proud of you, India,” in a short speech which he gave, also dedicating the win to his wife Sangeeta. John could not attend the ceremony. Adding to this, Zakir won two more Grammys – Best Global Music Performance for ‘Pashto’ and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for ‘As We Speak’ with banjo player Bela Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer, featuring Indian flute player Rakesh Chaurasia. Zakir creates history becoming the first South Asian to win 3 grammy’s the same night. Congratulations!