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Groundbreaking Recognition for African Music at the Grammys

The Grammy has made history by introducing dedicated categories for African music, with “Best African Music Performance” showcasing the global impact of Afrobeats’ superstars. Nigerian artists Asake & Olamide received their first Grammy nomination for the hit “Amapiano”, and Arya Starr gained recognition for “Rush”, known for its TikTok dance challenge and inclusion in Barack Obama’s playlist.

South African sensation Tyla, at 21, earned a nomination for the Amapiano-infused “Water”, marking her upward trajectory. Afrobeats icon Davido secured three nominations, including “Unavailable” from his album “Timeless,” reflecting his status as one of Africa’s most streamed artists.

Grammy-winning Burna Boy, with four nominations, continues to influence global music, capping a historic 2023 at No. 1 on the Billboard Afrobeats Artists Chart. The Grammys’ acknowledgement of African music signifies a monumental moment, recognising its cultural and international significance on the global stage.

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