Grammy Award for SA’s Tyla

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South Africa had a strong presence during the 66th Grammy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, California.

The prestigious music prizes are awarded annually by the Recording Academy.

Trevor Noah, the South African comedian and TV star, hosted the awards event for the fourth time. He was also nominated in the category for best comedy album.

Tyla, the South African singer who made headlines worldwide with her runaway hit, “Water”, also walked away with a Grammy statuette on Sunday night.

The 21-year-old Johannesburg native collected the coveted statuette for best African performance, a brand new category for the Grammys.

“Water” landed in the top five songs on charts around the world, and was also the most streamed Afrobeats song on Spotify for 2023. The music video has also already been viewed more than 95 million times.

Zizi Kodwa, the minister of sports, arts and culture, congratulated this young artist on her first Grammy award.

“Tyla’s award once again confirms her status as a global musical superstar. Her meteoric success is truly inspiring and there is much more to come,” says Zodwa.

Musa Keys, the South African musician and producer, was also nominated in this category. The a capella group, Just 6, was also nominated in the category for best arrangement, instrumental or a capella.

“I congratulate all the South African artists who have been nominated. Trevor Noah, Just 6 and Musa Keys showcase the diverse South African artistic talent on a world stage.”

Taylor Swift was again a big winner during the event and walked away with the album of the year prize for Midnights. She also has a new album titled The Tortured Poets Department announced, which will be issued on April 19.

Swift also made history as the first artist to win the award for album of the year four times. She previously tied with world-renowned artists Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon and Frank Sinatra, with three album of the year awards each.

In what was described as an “unlikely appearance”, Céline Dion presented the prize for album of the year to Swift. Dion’s health battle has recently been widely reported in the international media.

Miley Cyrus’ hit track, “Flowers”, won the prize for recording of the year and Victoria Monét was named best newcomer.

Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” from the Barbie-movie won the award for song of the year.

Veteran singers Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell gave performances.

Here is a complete list of winners.

Additional source: BBC, The New York Times