Nigerian Singers Fail to Win at the 66th Grammy Awards

Burna Boy, Davido, Tems, Ayra Starr, Olamide, and Asake did not win any of their ten Grammy nominations in five categories.

The Nigerian delegation lost the inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ medal to South African artist Tyla, who won with her 2023 tune “Water”.

All of the categories in which the Afrobeats stars competed were announced during the Grammy Premiere ceremony, which awards dozens of accolades prior to the main live television show.

2021 Best Global Album Winner Shakti won the category this year, defeating Burna Boy and colleague Davido. The international fusion band triumphed with the album “This Moment,” beating off Burna Boy’s “I Told Them” and Davido’s “Timeless” albums, among others.

The duet did not perform well in the related Best Global Music Performance category, losing to Indian composer Zakir Hussain’s piece “Pashto,” which included Bela Fleck and Edger Meyer.

Meanwhile, Lil Durk’s duet with J Cole, “All My Life,” ended Burna Boy’s chances of collecting a prize out of four nominations by winning the Grammy for Best Melody Rap.

This is despite the fact that the self-proclaimed African giant was scheduled to perform the nominated tune in that category, Sittin’ on Top of the World, with the featured American rapper 21 Savage, during the live telecast ceremony.

Tems, who won her first Grammy in the Best Melodic Rap category last year for her duet with Future and Drake on the track ‘Wait for You’, was nominated in the Song Written for Visual Media category.

Her work on Rihanna’s Black Panther theme song ‘Lift Me Up’ lost out to Billie Eilish’s ‘What Was I Made For’ for the 2023 fantasy drama ‘Barbie’.

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