On August 20th, 2022, Pakistani artist Arooj Aftab made history by becoming the first Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award. Arooj won the award for her rendition of the famous ghazal by the legendary Mehdi Hassan.
Arooj Aftab is a Pakistani-American singer, songwriter, and composer who is based in New York City. She is known for her unique style of music which combines traditional Pakistani folk music with modern jazz and classical music.
Arooj’s Grammy-winning rendition of the Mehdi Hassan ghazal was part of her latest album, titled “Rang-e-Rekhta”. The album was released in 2020 and was met with critical acclaim from both critics and fans alike.
Arooj’s Grammy win is a momentous occasion for the Pakistani music industry, as it marks the first time a Pakistani artist has won a Grammy Award. It is also a testament to Arooj’s immense talent and dedication to her craft.
In a statement released after her win, Arooj said, “I am deeply honored to have won this award. It is a testament to the power of music and the potential it has to bridge cultures and bring people together. I am so grateful to have been able to share my music with the world and I am thankful for the recognition.”
Arooj’s win is a major milestone for the Pakistani music industry and is sure to inspire other Pakistani artists to pursue their dreams. It is a reminder that hard work and dedication can lead to great success, no matter where you come from.
Congratulations to Arooj Aftab for making history and becoming the first Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award!
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