South African singer, Tyla, has won the Best African Music Performance category for her hit song ‘Water’ at the 66th Grammy Awards, held on Sunday night in Los Angeles.
The 22-year-old sensation, who rose to fame in 2023 with her debut album ‘Rainbow’, beat a strong competition from Nigerian artistes Davido, Burna boy, Asake and Ayra Starr, who were also nominated in the same category.
Tyla, who was born in Johannesburg and started singing at the age of 15, expressed her gratitude and surprise at winning her first Grammy award.
“This is unbelievable. I never thought I would be standing here holding this trophy. I want to thank God, my family, my fans, and everyone who supported me on this journey. This is for you, Africa. We did it!,” she said.
Tyla’s victory was not only a personal achievement, but also a milestone for South African music, which has often been overshadowed by Nigerian music in the global scene.
Davido and Burna boy, who were both nominated for Best Global Music Album, lost to Colombian singer Camilo for his album ‘Mis Manos’.
Asake and Ayra Starr, who were both nominated for Best New Artist, lost to British singer Arlo Parks.