Tyla’s victory against Burna Boy and Davido at the 2024 Grammys intensifies the South Africa-Nigeria rivalry.

Tyla’s triumph at the Grammys, surpassing four Nigerian nominees, intensifies the rivalry between South Africa and Nigeria as they gear up for a crucial football match on Wednesday.

One user posted on X, expressing confidence that South Africa won today, but believes Nigeria will emerge victorious on Wednesday in the crucial match. Tyla secured a win for her song “Water” in the Best African Music Performance category, surpassing Davido, Ayra Starr, and Burna Boy. Nigerians are rallying their national team, the Super Eagles, urging them to avenge the defeat as they face South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) semi-finals in Ivory Coast.

Burna Boy, the prominent figure in Nigerian Afrobeats, received nominations in four categories but left the awards empty-handed. Nonetheless, his captivating performance at the ceremony left the audience spellbound. Billy O expressed disappointment, stating that the lack of wins for Nigerian singers highlighted a perceived undervaluation of Afrobeats and Afro RnB by Grammy voters. Despite the competitive atmosphere between Nigeria and South Africa, Davido, a three-time Grammy nominee, congratulated Tyla on X and encouraged her to “keep soaring.” Comedian Trevor Noah, representing South Africa, hosted the prestigious award ceremony for the fourth time.


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