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Nigerian Artists Face Grammy Disappointment: A Look at the 2024 Result

Nigerian Artists Face Grammy Disappointment: A Look at the 2024 Result

Nigerian Artists Face Grammy Disappointment: A Look at the 2024 Results


In a surprising turn of events at the 2024 Grammy Awards, Nigerian music heavyweights, including Davido, Burna Boy, Olamide, Asake, and Ayra Starr, faced a disheartening night as they failed to secure wins in their respective categories. This outcome left fans and industry enthusiasts in shock, particularly given the anticipation and momentum leading up to the prestigious event.

Davido’s Unprecedented Nominations

Davido, a trailblazer in the Nigerian music scene, received nominations in three significant categories – ‘Best Global Album’ for his latest release, ‘Timeless,’ ‘Best African Performance’ for his song ‘Unavailable,’ and ‘Best Global Music Performance’ for ‘Feel.’ The artist, who had been generating buzz in the weeks leading to the Grammys, experienced a surprising shutout across all three categories, marking a stark contrast to the high expectations set by his dedicated fan base.

The Unveiling of the ‘Best African Music Performance’ Category

The inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ category saw South African singer Tyla claim victory with her 2023 track, “Water.” This win added to the disappointment for Nigerian nominees Asake, Davido, Ayra Starr, and others, emphasizing the growing global competition within the African music landscape.

Burna Boy’s Loss to Shakti

Burna Boy, the 2021 Best Global Album winner, faced defeat in the same category this year. Shakti, the world fusion band, clinched the award with their album “This Moment,” surpassing Burna Boy’s “I Told Them” and Davido’s “Timeless” albums. The results underscore the evolving dynamics within the global music industry and the heightened competition that Nigerian artists face on the international stage.


The 2024 Grammy Awards proved to be a night of unexpected outcomes for Nigerian artists, as they were left empty-handed despite high hopes and multiple nominations. The results prompt reflections on the global trajectory of Afrobeats, the need for an African category, and the evolving landscape of international collaborations in the music industry. While the disappointment is palpable, the resilience of Nigerian artists suggests that they will continue to strive for excellence on the global stage, undeterred by this setback.

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