South African Singer Tyla, Wins Her First Grammy Award at the age of 22
Written by Brooklyn Masuku on 5 February, 2024
The South African singer was awarded for her song Water, the lead single from her eponymous debut studio album, Tyla. Labelled by the singer as popiano, the track fuses elements from pop and amapiano, a South African subgenre of house music.
Tyla’s Grammy win came against steep contenders from the Afrobeats arena, with Burna Boy, Davido, Asake, Olamide and Ayra Starr all in the running for the award, as well as fellow South African Musa Keys, who was nominated alongside Davido for Unavailable.
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“What? Oh my gosh, guys, this is crazy! I never thought I’d say I won a Grammy at 22 years old,” she said in her acceptance speech. “If you don’t know me, my name is Tyla and I’m from South Africa, and last year God decided to change my whole life, thank you so much to God, to my team, my family.
“I know my mum is crying somewhere in here. Thank you to The Recording Academy for this category. It’s so important. I know I’m forgetting some things, but I won a Grammy!”
Backstage, Tyla elaborated on what the award meant for her.
“It means so much,” she said. “I’ve always been an advocate for African music. I love African music. It’s the music that I make. It’s the music that I listen to all the time and I’ve believed in it for so long. So, I’m just happy that it’s getting its recognition.” Tyla rocked up in a green custom Versace dress and was dubbed one of the best dressed ladies for the night.
During an interview a few days before the Grammys, Tyla shared that her mum and dad were in the USA for the first time.
Tyla also hosted a big birthday celebration on 30 January, and it was attended by Chris Brown and Omarion. At the party, she was given plaques for Water.
The song was certified gold and platinum in over 18 countries.
The song also logged its 14th week on the Billboard Hot 100 and currently sits at number 11.
Social media has been buzzing with congratulatory messages for the singer.
Uncle Waffles: Congratulations baeee💋❤️
MelBala: This is such a great photo because it looks like she’s carrying a GINORMOUS
Grammy award 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩😂😂😂 #Tyla #Grammys 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦
Congratulations Tyla for wining the Grammy Award for the Best African Music Performance category.
Congratulations to her for flying our South African flag high on an International stage. We are proud of you Tyla 🇿🇦
This is a testimony that South Africa truly is alive with possibilities.
FUN FACTS on South African Grammy award winner, TYLA:
In school she studied mining engineering before focusing on music.
She has over 6 million TikTok followers and loads of admirers.
When she’s not singing and dancing, she loves lounging and scrolling.
She was born Tyla Laura Seethal in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tyla recently scored her first Billboard Hot 100 hit with “Water.”
Born and raised in South Africa, she’s toured with Chris Brown and wants to work with Drake.