It's indeed a proud moment for India as musician Ricky Kej won his second Grammy Award on Sunday.
He bagged the trophy along with Stewart Copeland for 'Divine Tides' in the Best New Age Album category at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
Sharing the news on Twitter with his followers, Ricky wrote, "Won the Grammy Award today for our album Divine Tides. Filled with gratitude and love this living-legend standing with me - @copelandmusic. My 2nd Grammy and Stewart's 6th. Thank you to everyone who ever collaborated, hired, or listened to my music. I exist because of you." Ricky's win made everyone extremely happy.
Ricky also greeted the audience with a traditional 'namaste' and quoted, "It's been a surreal experience to win my second Grammy award today. The album 'Divine Tides' is a collaboration with the living legend and one of the greatest drummers of all time, Stewart Copeland who is a five-time Grammy winner and the drummer of the legendary band, The Police. We have collaborated on this album for almost a year and this was done remotely because most of it was created during the pandemic. It was an amazing experience to meet him in person just seven days ago in Las Vegas. I have grown up listening to Stewarts music as a child so it's an unreal experience to be on stage and win an award alongside him. I dedicate this award to 75 years of India's independence, that is 'azaadi ka mahotsav' a great milestone for India and a great year for me to win the award for India."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Ricky on Twitter. He wrote, "Congratulations for this remarkable feat and best wishes for your future endeavours."
"The exceptional collaboration of the music geniuses Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej could not go unnoticed. The album, Divine Tides is produced by Lahari Music and this cannot be a greater time for India and for us with this win. The Best New Age Album is certainly a great win for us and it's time for India to be recognised and put on the global map of art in all spheres," said G Manoharan, CMD, Lahari Music, on winning the prestigious award.
T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar said, "We at T-Series are so proud and ecstatic that the collaboration between Stewart Copeland and Ricky Kej and their exceptional work has been recognised the world over. T-Series is happy to be a part of their success story and we are confident this is the first of many."
Featuring artists from around the world, 'Divine Tides' is a tribute to the magnificence of our natural world and the resilience of our species. The album contains nine songs and eight music videos that were filmed around the world from the exquisite beauty of the Indian Himalayas to the Icy forests of Spain. ‘Divine Tides’ has already won several awards at various festivals from around the world.
Bengaluru-based Ricky won his first Grammy in 2015 for his album 'Winds of Samsara' in the Best New Age Album category.