South African Singer Tyla Claims Grammy Victory Ahead of SA-Nigeria Football Duel

Published February 5, 2024

In a turn of events that has sparked increased competitiveness between South Africa and Nigeria, South African songstress Tyla claimed a Grammy win, outshining four Nigerian artists.

The path to the Grammys saw Tyla emerging victorious for her hit song Water, securing the award for Best African Music Performance. Her success came at the expense of Nigerian favorites Davido, Ayra Starr, and the renowned Burna Boy. This accolade has fanned the flames of the South Africa-Nigeria rivalry, especially as the nations are set to lock horns in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) football semi-final soon.

A certain social media user captured the prevailing sentiments, highlighting that South Africa's triumph at the Grammys might be followed by a Nigerian victory on the football pitch, where both countries are eagerly eyeing the Afcon semi-finals. The intense wish for the Super Eagles to 'avenge' their nation's Grammy losses reflects the passionate rivalry.

With the Grammy's new category for Best African Music Performance, Tyla became its inaugural winner, a decision that was largely met with approval throughout Africa, despite some voices raising concerns that it was a recognition long overdue.

Tyla's exuberant acceptance of her Grammy at only 22 years old was a memorable highlight. On the flip side, Burna Boy, despite his multiple nominations and enthralling Grammy performance, left empty-handed, eliciting responses that the Grammy voters may not fully appreciate the essence of Afrobeats and Afro RnB.

Nigerian artists and fans have expressed dismay over the lack of wins, citing it as a sign of insensitivity to the genre's domination in Africa. Nevertheless, in a display of sportsmanship, Nigerian artist Davido extended warm congratulations to Tyla, inspiring her to continue reaching for the skies.

Adding a dash of South African presence to the Grammys, Trevor Noah, the comedian, presided over the ceremony, bringing his own unique charm to the event for the fourth consecutive year.

Grammy, Rivalry, Afcon