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Why did Arooj Aftab win a Grammy?

Arooj Aftab, the singer of “Mohabbat,” made history by being the first Pakistani musician to win a Grammy this year.

The vocalist from Brooklyn won home her first Grammy on April 3 for her song “Mohabbat,” which was nominated for the award for Best Global Performance. In addition to that, she was nominated for Best New Artist.

The musician, who is now 37 years old and has lived in New York for the last 15 years, has been steadily gaining recognition on a global scale for her work, which fuses elements of folk, jazz, and minimalist music with ancient Sufi musical traditions. When former President Barack Obama included “Mohabbat” on his list of summer favorites for 2021, her three albums, “Bird Under Water” (2014), “Siren Islands” (2018), and “Vulture Prince” (2021), shot to stardom.

Aftab has performed at some of the most famous venues in New York City, such as the Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2018, she served as the opening act for Mitski at The Brooklyn Steel. While simultaneously pursuing a career in music, she is employed full-time as an audio engineer to support herself financially.

On the other hand, the singer believes that one can have too many Grammys and, as a result, is submitting yet another song for consideration.

 On Tuesday, 11th October 2022, she shared a preview of her song on Instagram with the caption and excited remark, “‘UDHERO NA’ FEATURING ANOUSHKA SHANKAR for your Grammy voting consideration in the Best Global Music Performance category!”

 Her musical career is at its peak and thus serves as an inspiration for young Pakistani artists.

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