South African Tyla beats Nigerian stars to win first Grammy: Tyla, the South African music sensation, beat Burna Boy, Davido, Ayra Starr, and Asake from Nigeria to win the first-ever Grammy for best African music performance for her widely popular worldwide song, Water.
Some Nigerians expressed their surprise on social media after Tyla’s win over the more seasoned Nigerian Afrobeats musicians nominated alongside her, given that Tyla is a relative newbie to the African music scene.
Shining in a special Versace gown, Tyla shouted as she collected the prestigious award in the US on Sunday night. “This is crazy! I never thought I’d say I won a Grammy at 22 years old!”
On social media, some Africans have praised Sunday’s Grammy Awards as a historic occasion for the talent on the continent. Trevor Noah, a comedian from South Africa, hosted the greatest music event for a record-breaking fourth time, Burna Boy performed, and “Water” crooner won.