At the 2022 Grammys, Black Coffee won their first-ever Grammy Award, won in the Best Dance/Electronic Album category, with their 2021 LP, Unconsciously.
The win marks the first time a South African producer has won or been nominated in this category. Taking the stage in a sharp white suit at the premiere ceremony, the artist said, “I want to thank God for the gift of music and to be able to share it with the world and heal some souls.” He also pointed out that the young man on stage with him was his eldest son, Esona, and that he had five children in Johannesburg to take to future ceremonies.
In his speech, Nkosinathi-born artist Innocent Maphumulo thanked his album collaborators, including Pharrell and David Guetta, who Black Coffee said “believed in working with a smaller artist like me and trusting me and making trust my ear”. Other artists who appear on Unconsciously include Sabrina Claudio, Usher and Diplo.
“While I was working on this album, it was so important to me to make it accessible to as many people as possible,” Black Coffee said recently. Billboard of his appointment. “The album challenges many sounds and styles, while staying true to my roots. I wanted to make an album that can be listened to not just in the car or in the club, but while you’re cleaning your house, going through a rough patch. and everything in between. It breaks down boundaries, and I think that’s where the appeal ultimately lies.
Black Coffee is one of the two winners of the evening in the best dance/electronic categories, with RÜFÜS DU SOL taking home the award for best dance/electronic recording for their track “Alive”.