The 64th Grammy Award winners were held on Monday, and Indian music composer and environmentalist Ricky Kej won his second Grammy at the ceremony. Ricky was awarded the Best New Age Album award for "Divine Tides" along with Stewart Copeland, founder and drummer of the legendary rock band, The Police. Following the win, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Ricky.
Retweeting Ricky’s post about their win, the prime minister wrote, "Congratulations on this remarkable feat and best wishes for your future endeavours!" In the original tweet, Ricky wrote, "Won the Grammy Award today for our album Divine Tides." Filled with gratitude and love, this living legend stands with me-@copelandmusic. My 2nd Grammy was Stewart’s 6th. Thank you to everyone who has ever collaborated, hired, or listened to my music. I exist because of you. "
Following this, Ricky Kej replied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet and thanked him for his blessings. "Wow... speechless! To receive praise from the Hon’ble Prime Minister himself! Thank you, Narendra Modi ji. I hope I made you proud. You set me on the path of environmental consciousness 7 years ago when I won my 1st GRAMMY Award, and here I am today Thanks for your blessings, "the singer wrote.
At the ceremony, Ricky greeted the audience with a namaste and said, "It’s been a surreal experience to win my second Grammy award today." The album Divine Tides is a collaboration with the living legend and one of the greatest drummers of all time, Stewart Copeland, who is a 5 time Grammy award winner and the drummer of the legendary band, The Police. We have collaborated on this album for almost a year, and this was done remotely because most of it was created during the pandemic. It was an amazing experience to meet him in person just 7 days ago in Las Vegas. I grew up listening to Stewart's music as a child, so it’s an unreal experience to be on stage and win an award alongside him."
Ricky dedicated the award to 75 years of India’s independence, that is, "azaadi ka mahotsav".
Ricky is a Bengaluru-based dentist-turned-music composer and environmentalist. According to his bio, Ricky was born in North Carolina in 1981, is half-Punjabi and half-Marwari, and has lived in Bengaluru since he was 8. He studied at Bishop Cotton School in Bengaluru before finishing college with a degree in dentistry.