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5 Feb

South African Affair At The Grammy Awards!

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards occurred on Sunday, February 4, 2024, showcasing an array of stars in the spotlight.

South African figures made their mark on this prestigious music occasion, led by the accomplished comedian Trevor Noah as host.

Among the notable attendees were radio hosts Anele Mdoda and Sizwe Dhlomo, alongside television personality and rapper Boity Thulo.

However, the crowning moment of the evening belonged to Tyla, who triumphantly represented South Africa by winning the Best African Music Performance award for her chart-topping track, “Water.”

Here are some of the best moments from the evening:

Tyla wins her first Grammy Award:

South Africa’s very own Superstar Tyla won her very first Grammy Award. The “Water” hitmaker, who gained international fame last year could not contain her excitement as she accepted her award. “If you don’t know me, my name is Tyla. I’m from South Africa and last year God decided to change my whole life, so thank you so much to God,” she said.

“Thank you to my team, my family; I know my mother’s crying somewhere in here. Thank you to the Recording Academy for this category. It’s so important and I know I’m forgetting some things, but I won a Grammy! Thank you, thank you.” A huge congratulations to Tyla, the whole country is proud of you. 

Victoria Monet wins Best New Artist Award:

Although Victoria Monét has had  a full career as singer and songwriter, she had her breakout moment last year with release of her smash single “On My Mama” and her album “Jagaur II”. In her acceptance speech, the singer/songwriter stated how thankful she was and how hard she had been working for her award. “This award was a 15-year pursuit”, she said. 

Karol G makes history:

Karol G makes history by being the second winner of the Música Urbana award, and being the first woman to win the award, after the award has been won by Bad Bunny in its inaugural year in 2022 and in 2023 as well. “This is my first time at the Grammys, and this is my first time holding my own Grammy,” she said. “I’m super happy, I’m super nervous, I’m super excited to be in front of so many legends that I admire and respect.” She also acknowledge her fans and closed her acceptance speech by saying: “I promise you to give you my best always, and I hope this is the first of so many.” 

Jay-Z wins 2nd Annual Dr Dre Award:

Hip-hop icon, Jay-Z won the 2nd annual Dr Dre award with his daughter by his side. The rapper shared his big moment on stage with his 12-year old daughter Blu Ivy. “Thank you very much. I used to say it was a sippy cup for Blue, but Blue’s grown up now she doesn’t take sippy cups, and she has her own Grammys”, he said, referencing back to the picture of Blu Ivy drinking out of her Grammy award in 2021. 

Here is the full list of winners:

Record of the year: “Flowers’’ by Miley Cyrus

Album of the year: “Midnights” by Taylor Swift 

Song of the Year: “What Was I Made For?” [From The Motion Picture Barbie] — Billie Eilish (Billie Eilish O’Connell & Finneas O’Connell, songwriters)

Best New Artist: Victoria Monét

Best Pop Solo Performance: Flowers- Miley Cyrus  

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Ghost in the Machine,” SZA featuring Phoebe Bridgers

Best Pop Vocal Album: Midnights- Taylor Swift 

Best Pop Dance Recording: “Padam Padam” — Kylie Minogue

Best Rock Performance: “Not Strong Enough” – Boygenius

Best Rock Song: “Not Strong Enough” – Boygenius

Best Rock Album: This Is Why — Paramore

Best Alternative Music Performance: This is Why- Paramore

Best Alternative Music Album: the record- boygenuis 

Best Metal Performance: “72 Seasons” – Metallica

Best R&B Performance: “ICU” – Coco Jones

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Good Morning” – PJ Morton ft. Susan Carol

Best R&B Song: “Snooze” – SZA

Best R&B Album: JAGUAR II — Victoria Monét

Best Progressive R&B Album: SOS – SZA

Best Melodic Rap Performance: “All My Life” — Lil Durk Featuring J. Cole

Best Rap Performance: “SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS” — Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future & Eryn Allen Kane

Best Rap Song: “Rumble” – Skrillex, Fred again.. & Flowdan

Best Rap Album: Michael- Killer Mike

Best Dance/ Electronic Record: “Rumble” – Skrillex, Fred again.. & Flowdan

Best Dance/ Electronic Album: Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022) — Fred again..

Best Alternative Jazz Album: The Omnichord Real Book — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best Country Solo Performance: “White Horse” – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/ Group Performance: “I Remember Everything” – Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Song: “White Horse” – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Album: Bell Bottom Country — Lainey Wilson

Best American Roots Performance: “Eve Was Black” – Allison Russell

Best Americana Performance: “Dear Insecurity” – Brandy Clark ft. Brandi Carlile

Best American Roots Song: “Cast Iron Skillet” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit –

Best Americana Album: Weathervanes — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album: City of Gold – Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Best Traditional Blues Album: All My Love for You – Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Blood Harmony – Larkin Poe

Best Folk Album: Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live] – Joni Mitchell

Best Regional Roots Album: New Beginnings – Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band

Best Latin Pop Album: X Mí (Vol. 1) – Gaby Moreno

BEST MÚSICA URBANA ALBUM: Mañana Será Bonito – Karol G



BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA: “What Was I Made For?” from Barbie the Album – Billie Eilish


BEST MUSIC VIDEO: “I’m Only Sleeping” – The Beatles

Best Comedy Album: What’s In A Name- Dave Chappelle

BEST AUDIO BOOK, NARRATION, AND STORYTELLING RECORDING: Michelle Obama – The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times



BEST IMMERSIVE AUDIO ALBUM: Act 3 (Immersive Edition) – Ryan Ulyate, Michael Romanowski (Ryan Ulyate)

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