The 66th Grammy Awards saw history unfold with South Africa’s Tyla becoming the first winner of the newly established Best African Music Performance category. However, the night was bittersweet for Nigerian fans, as their beloved Davido walked away empty-handed despite three nominations. This has sparked a debate: Did the right song win?
Davido, a First-Time Nominee, Loses to Global Hit “Water”
Davido, a first-time Grammy nominee, had his sights set on the Best African Music Performance award for his song “Unavailable” featuring Musa Keys. However, the award went to Tyla’s “Water,” a global smash that peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the most commercially successful song in the category.
Nigerian Fans Divided: Was “Unavailable” Snubbed?
Davido’s fans are understandably disappointed, with some arguing that “Unavailable” deserved the win. They point to its popularity within the Afrobeats genre and its critical acclaim. However, others acknowledge the undeniable success of “Water,” highlighting its global reach and chart-topping achievements.
Tyla’s Historic Win: A Moment for South Africa
Tyla’s win marks a significant moment for South African music on the global stage. Her song “Water” transcended borders, resonating with audiences worldwide and becoming a bona fide hit. This victory is a testament to her talent and artistry, and a source of pride for her home country.
Beyond the Debate: Recognizing Diverse Talent
While the debate surrounding the winner may continue, it’s important to recognize the immense talent showcased by both artists. Davido remains a leading figure in Afrobeats, while Tyla has carved her own path with a global hit. The Grammys, with its new African Music Performance category, are creating a platform for diverse voices to be heard, and that’s a win for everyone.
Moving Forward: Celebrating Music and Avoiding Fan Wars
The debate takes an extra layer with Wizkid fans, long engaged in a friendly rivalry with Davido’s fanbase. Some see Tyla’s win as a symbolic victory against Davido, adding fuel to the online discussions.
Instead of fueling fan wars, let’s celebrate the achievements of both artists and appreciate the diversity of music represented at the Grammys. The debate can be a healthy conversation about artistic merit and global reach, but ultimately, the true winners are the fans who get to enjoy incredible music from talented artists around the world.