As the stars graced the Crypto.com Arena for the 66th GRAMMY Awards on February 4, 2024, South Africa’s Tyla achieved a groundbreaking milestone by becoming the inaugural artist to clinch the Best African Music Performance category. This new category was introduced to celebrate recordings that incorporate unique local expressions from diverse corners of the African continent, showcasing the rich tapestry of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic traditions.
Tyla’s victory was sealed with her mesmerizing song ‘Water,’ which resonated with the essence of African musical heritage. In a fiercely competitive lineup, she outshone other talented nominees, including Asake & Olamide (Amapiano), Burna Boy (Citi Boys), Davido ft Musa Keys (Unavailable), and Ayra Starr (Rush).
The Best African Music Performance category at the GRAMMY Awards serves as a testament to the growing global recognition of the diversity and creativity embedded in Africa’s music scene. Tyla’s win not only solidifies her position as a trailblazer in the industry but also highlights the power of musical narratives that transcend borders and resonate on a global stage.
The 66th GRAMMY Awards will be remembered as the moment when Tyla etched her name in history, paving the way for future generations of African artists to shine on the prestigious international platform.