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Tyla Makes Historic GRAMMYs Win With ‘Water’

She’s done it! 22-year-old pop star Tyla made Africa proud by winning the very first Best African Music Performance Award at the 2024 Grammy Awards for her smash hit ‘Water’.

Tyla took home the prestigious award in a category which celebrates the incredible African music taking the world by storm. This is the inaugural year for the category, in Asake and Olamide (“Amapiano”), Ayra Starr “Rush”), Burna Boy (“City Boys”), and Davido featuring Musa Keys (“Unavailable”) were also nominated.

“What the heck?!” Tyla said as she received the award. “This is crazy, I never thought I’d say I won a GRAMMY at 22 years old.”

“I know my mother’s crying somewhere in here,” Tyla added. “Thank you to the Recording Academy for this category. It’s so important and I know I’m forgetting some things, but I won a Grammy! Thank you, thank you!”

‘Water’, the amapiano-based pop song entered the Billboard Hot 100 last year, the first for an South African solo artist since Hugh Masekala in 1968. It later peaked at No. 7, making her the highest-charting African female solo musician in Billboard history. The song also went to No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs and Hip-Hop/R&B charts.

The track will appear on Tyla’s self-titled debut album, which is out on 22 March.

Watch her impactful speech below and read more music news here.


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