20-Year-Old Blair Ferguson’s career kicked off in his Glasgow bedroom, now he has won a Grammy for his work on SZA’s charting track– SOS.
Whilst staying with his aunt, Ferguson made his contribution to hit record Snooze. The track won the gong for the best R&B song at the Los Angeles awards. He was also recognised for his contribution to SZA’s album, SOS, which won the best progressive R&B category.
Despite being fairly unknown, Ferguson has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber and Diddy. The former Kelvinside Academy pupil used the name BLK Beats and wrote the original demo for SZA’s Snooze. The song peaked at number two in the US Billboard charts in July of last year and is the only song that spent the whole of 2023 in the Billboard Hot 100.
He told Recording Academy it was “incredible” to be representing Scotland at the awards. “I was staying at my aunt’s place and it was just this weird world where I was just trying to find my place in the industry.
“The idea was founded there and it grew arms and legs and now we’re standing here.” Ferguson started making his own music at 15, sending his work to hundreds of producers and songwriters hoping one would be picked up.
Less than a year later when the pandemic hit, he left school to pursue his music career. A few months later and he had already written a song for artist Lil Tecca which charted in the US Billboard top 10.
Following this, he went on to work with other big names including Diddy, 24kGoldn, and Justine Bieber. Ferguson now splits his time between Los Angeles and Scotland, where he shares a flat with four friends in Edinburgh.
His family watched the ceremony from Scotland, with a party that went on into the early hours. The Grammy’s are the most prestigious awards in the music industry, being one of the four major annual American entertainment award ceremonies.
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