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Tyla’s Grammy Win Sparks Controversy in Nigeria

South African music sensation Tyla emerged victorious at the inaugural Grammys in the Best African Music Performance category, winning for her hit song “Water.” 

Tyla’s win has sparked excitement in South Africa but stirred controversy among Nigerians as she triumphed over established Nigerian stars like Burna Boy, Davido, Ayra Starr, and Asake.

The surprising win prompted discussions on social media, with some Nigerians expressing astonishment that Tyla, a relatively new figure in African music, outshone more seasoned Nigerian Afrobeats artists. 

However, Tyla’s supporters argue that her win is well-deserved, given the massive success of her Grammy-winning hit.

Tyla’s track “Water” became a global summer anthem, achieving widespread popularity after its release in July of the previous year. The song broke records on streaming platforms and topped charts like the Billboard Hot 100.

During the Grammy awards ceremony in the US on Sunday night, Tyla, donning a custom Versace gown, expressed her disbelief at winning the prestigious award at the age of 22.

Some Africans on social media celebrated the Grammys as a historic moment for the continent’s talent, with Tyla’s win, Burna Boy’s performance, and South African comedian Trevor Noah hosting the event for a record fourth consecutive time.

Source: BBC

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