Grammys 2021: Kazakhstan’s Imanbek wins Best Remixed Recording award
Imanbek is the first from Kazakhstan to be nominated and to win the Grammy award, making history for the young country.
His remix competed with RAC, Morgan Page, Louie Vega and Bazzi & Haywyre for the award.
“Thanks my mom, thanks my dad, thanks my team and label Effective Records, my manager Kirill. Thanks Grammy,” said Imanbek receiving the award virtually.
Imanbek rose to fame in the summer of 2019 with his remix of Saint Jhn’s “Roses” song.
The Kazakh DJ never thought he would reach such popularity when he was publishing his remix on Russian social media.
He was born in the town of Aksu in the Pavlodar region in northern Kazakhstan. Playing the guitar since he was eight, Imanbek learnt how to remix songs by himself watching YouTube tutorials and experimenting with FL Studio app.
In an interview with The New York Times in July last year, Imanbek said “I didn’t know how to promote it because I didn’t know how to clear it, so I just put it online and let it go.”
His remix of the song, which had been available for three years before that, made it to the top of international charts in Belgium, Canada, Greece, Hungary, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
It went viral in TikTok and was also streamed more than 1 billion times on the Spotify streaming platform, which placed the remix among Spotify’s 100 most streamed songs.
In August 2019, Imanbek signed with Russia’s Effective Records label that gave a significant push to his career. Since then, a 20-year-old Aksu native has worked with the world’s top singers and producers, including David Guetta, Usher, Tory Lanez, Don Diablo, Afrojack, Zara Larsson, among others.
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