Nigerian Afrobeats stars at the 66th Grammy Awards as Burna Boy, Davido, Tems, Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake failed to win from 10 nominations across five categories.
The Nigerian contingent lost the inaugural ‘Best African Music Performance’ trophy to South-African singer Tyla who earned the prize with her 2023 track, “Water”.
All the categories the Afrobeats stars contended in were announced at the Grammy Premiere ceremony where dozens of prizes are handed out before the main live telecast show.
Tems’ work on the Black Panther theme song ‘Lift me Up’ performed by Rihanna, lost to ‘What Was I Made For’ performed by Billie Eilish for the 2023 fantasy drama ‘Barbie’.
There are 94 categories in total for this award ceremony.
Also, Kylie Minogue won her second ever Grammy Award in best pop dance recording for Padam Padam, the viral hit that became a global smash last year.
Boygenius, SZA and Joni Mitchell also won prizes at the afternoon “premiere ceremony” that preceded the main event on Sunday.
The Beatles also won best music video for a new dream-like animated clip for I’m Only Sleeping.