The upcoming 2024 Grammy Awards are set to make history with the introduction of the Best African Music Performance category that honours the genre’s explosive growth on the world stage.
The five nominees – four of them with Nigerian roots – for the inaugural award are a mix of emerging talents and established stars.
Tyla, the South African artist, has made waves with “Water”, a song that created a viral dance movement.
Her unique “popiano” sound, combining amapiano and pop, has distinguished her on the music scene and her debut studio album has been a remarkable success.
Ayra Starr, a Beninese-born Nigerian singer, was nominated for her hit “Rush” from her debut album 19 & Dangerous and has achieved global recognition. Her song has not only gone viral on TikTok but also featured on Barack Obama’s annual playlist.
With over 300 million streams on Spotify and almost 300 million YouTube views, she is a rising star in Afropop.
Ahmed Ololade from Nigeria, known professionally as Asake, has been nominated for his song “Amapiano”. His album Mr. Money with the Vibe made waves on the Billboard charts.
Davido, a well-known name on the Afrobeats scene, is nominated for his song “Unavailable”.
His album Timeless has been a significant success. Known for his catchy tunes and vibrant music, the Nigerian-American singer, songwriter and record producer is widely regarded as one of the most important Afrobeats artists of the 21st century and has been a key figure in bringing African music to a global audience.
Burna Boy, dubbed the “King of Afrofusion” and already a Grammy winner, is nominated for multiple categories, including Best African Music Performance. The Nigerian’s album Twice as Tall and other works have received worldwide acclaim.
Compiled by staff writer
Pictured above: Tyla.
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