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A vivacious and gifted Afropop singer, Tyla has received her first Grammy Award nomination, marking a historic occasion for South African music. The news was released before to the 65th Grammy Awards, which will be held in the Arena in Los Angeles on February 4, 2024. Tyla’s nomination is under the recently created “Best African Music Performance” category, which is a noteworthy addition to the esteemed awards that emphasizes the impact of African rhythms and sounds over the world.

Tyla’s progress has been extremely rapid up to this point. Her smash song “Water” gained enormous traction after going viral on TikTok and then making its way onto the Billboard Hot 100. It has been 55 years since a single South African artist—jazz great Hugh Masekela, with his timeless song “Grazing in the Grass”—charted on the Billboard Hot 100, so this accomplishment is significant. “Water” broke the 58-week record held by Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” by shooting to the top of the U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart.

The addition of the “Best African Music Performance” category by the Recording Academy has been well received because it acknowledges the rich and varied fabric of African music. Tyla is now competing for the prized award alongside Burna Boy, Davido, Olamide, and other renowned artists thanks to her nomination.


In an attempt to share her enthusiasm with her supporters, Tyla took to Twitter with an enthusiastic “No Waysss” after receiving her nomination. Her reaction was a mixture of shock and delight. Not only is her accomplishment personal, but it also serves as a source of motivation for several up-and-coming musicians in South Africa and around the continent.

Tyla’s nomination signals the expanding global recognition of African music as the Grammy Awards keep evolving to acknowledge a wider range of musical abilities. Tyla’s nomination is a celebration of African music’s emerging global prominence, with her sights set on the Grammy stage.

There is intense rivalry for the title of “Best African Music Performance,” with each nominee offering something special to the table. With everyone looking forward to the 65th Grammy Awards, these gifted musicians who embody the bright future of African music will be the center of attention.

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