Grammys 2024 | Shankar Mahadevan, Zakir Hussain’s group Shakti wins Best Global Music Album award

The album 'This Moment' features 8 songs by John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan, V. Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan.

February 05, 2024 09:11 am | Updated 03:34 pm IST

Shankar Mahadevan, V. Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan of ‘Shakti’ pose with the award for best global music album for ‘This Moment’ during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles.

Shankar Mahadevan, V. Selvaganesh, and Ganesh Rajagopalan of ‘Shakti’ pose with the award for best global music album for ‘This Moment’ during the 66th annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. | Photo Credit: AP

Shakti, a fusion music group comprising tabla maestro Zakir Hussain and singer Shankar Mahadevan, has won the 2024 Grammy Award for best global music album for “This Moment”

The album features founding member, guitarist John McLaughlin alongside Hussain, Mahadevan, violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan and percussionist Selvaganesh Vinayakram.

Shakti’s “This Moment”, the group’s first studio album in more than 45 years, was released to critical acclaim in June 2023.

The Recording Academy, which conducts the Grammy Awards, made the announcement on its X page. “Congrats Best Global Music Album winner - ‘This Moment’ Shakti. #GRAMMYs,” the post read.

Mahadevan, who took the stage alongside Rajagopalan and Selvaganesh, gave a shout-out to McLaughlin and Hussain. While McLaughlin gave the ceremony a miss, Hussain was backstage as he had won another Grammy.

“We miss you John ji. Zakir Hussain, he just had another Grammy today. Thank you boys, God, family, friends and India. We are proud of you, India,” said Mahadevan in the speech, dedicating the win to his wife Sangeeta.

Rajagopalan thanked the Recording Academy for the recognition.

Zakir Hussain wins two more

Hussain won two more Grammys at the event: one for best global music performance for ‘Pashto’ and the other for best contemporary instrumental album for ‘As We Speak’ alongside American banjo player Bela Fleck and American bassist Edgar Meyer, featuring Indian flute player Rakesh Chaurasia, nephew of legendary flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Two-time Grammy winner Ricky Kej, who attended the awards ceremony, called 2024 the year of India at the Grammys.

In a separate post, Kej hailed triple wins for Hussain and double feat for Chaurasia.

McLaughlin, a British guitarist, formed Shakti in 1973 with Hussain, Indian violin player L Shankar, and percussionist T H ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram (father of Selvaganesh Vinayakram). Along with mridangam player Ramnad V Raghavan, the band released their first album ‘Shakti with John Mclaughlin’ in 1975.

Billed as an “unprecedented transcontinental collaboration”, Shakti unites Eastern and Western musicians, and in the process forged the template for what is now called world music, according to the group’s official website.

“Their dynamic musical hybrid immediately enthralled audiences around the globe – and inspired generations of musicians, artists, and thinkers from all walks of life to embark on their own cross-cultural odysseys.” The 2024 Grammy Awards were held on late Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Crypto.com Arena.

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