2022-11-18 07:46:07

Grammy nominations: Songwriter Nija Charles's 'accidental success'

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By Pria Rai and Manish Pandey

Newsbeat reporters

Growing up, Nija Charles wanted to be a music producer or, as she puts it: the female Pharrell.

But after falling into songwriting by accident, she's now been nominated for a Grammy Awards.

The huge US industry show has introduced a Songwriter of the Year prize - one of five new categories in 2022.

It just feels like a dream, because this is really big. This is history, she tells BBC Newsbeat.


I feel this is long overdue. That's why I thank all the songwriters who have fought for this to happen, because it only makes sense to have it.

The 25-year-old has written for Beyonc, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande & Drake, with her nomination for No Guidance by Chris Brown.

But what's the bigger achievement: Writing and getting to number one in the charts for those stars, or getting a Grammy nomination?

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