Lebanese musicians will be highly recognized this year after being nominated for the 65th Grammy Awards, extending to global music, Latin music, R&B, and hip-hop.
The renowned Lebanese-French jazz trumpeter and composer Ibrahim Maalouf is nominated for the Best Global Music Album category for his collaborative album Queen of Sheba with the award-winning Beninese singer and actress Angelique Kidjo.
The album features a seven-part suite composed by Maalouf and sung by Kidjo, mixing African and Middle Eastern music and telling the story of an ancient African Queen and her relationship with King Solomon.
Ibrahim Maalouf is one of the most popular jazz artists, becoming the first jazz musician in history to sell out the Accor Arena in France.
In recent years, he collaborated with renowned personalities, including Wynton Marsalis, Melody Gardot, and Salif Keita.