Grammy 2024: Fans Troll Davido After Three Nominations Swerve Him

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh February 5, 2024 10:12 PM EDT

King of Afrobeats Davido on Monday commended Tyla on her first Grammy award after her hit single Water was selected among the lot in the Best African Performance category.

Tagging Tyla in an X (Twitter) post, he wrote: “Congratulations, Tyla! Big one for Africa! Keep Soaring!” He later thanked his fans for the support saying: “I love each and everyone of you! We dey game, we will continue to deliver…”

While some followers praised Davido for his effort, others saw the post as an opportunity to troll the singer, who was unsuccessful in all three categories in which he was nominated.

Mischievously, some followers replied to Davido’s post with memes and videos and other unsavoury comments like: “Why did you allow 22-year-old Tyla to win over you?” another responded, “Aww…why were you unavailable to win at least one?

A follower posted a picture in which Davido’s head had been transformed into an image of Tyla posing with her Grammy award in her Versace outfit.

Amid the laughter, other followers remained optimistic about Davido winning the award next year. “Delay is still not denial, heads up, 2025, we go again OBO.” A fan wrote. “Grammy or not, you’re still the biggest in the industry, my GOAT,” another added.

Tyla, on Sunday night, beat competition from Burna Boy, Davido, Asake, and Ayra Starr, who were all in the same category for the Best African Performance award. She described the recognition as an honour, saying she had long been “an advocate for African music.”

“I love African music…and it’s the music I make, it’s the music I listen to all the time and I believed in it for so long, so I am happy it is getting its recognition,” she said.

Grammy nominee Burna Boy performed at the ceremony, which took place at Arena in Los Angeles, but was yet to make a public statement on the proceedings.

Best African Music Performance was one of the three new categories included in the 66th Grammys. According to Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr, the new update was aimed at making the GRAMMY Awards process “more fair, transparent, and accurate.”

A host of top musicians, like world fusion band, Shakti, was adjudged the Best Global Music Album. “Pashto” by Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia was crowned Best Global Music Performance.