“By introducing these three new categories, we are able to acknowledge and appreciate a broader array of artists. We are excited to honor and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories. While also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide.”
Taking to the stage to receive her award, Tyla said, “ I never thought I’d say I won a Grammy at 22. If you don’t know me, my name is Tyla, and I’m from South Africa. Last year, God decided to change my whole life, so thank you so much to God.
“I know my mum is crying somewhere in here. Thank you to The Recording Academy for this category. It’s so important. I know I’m forgetting some things, but I won a Grammy!”
Now, Tyla has joined the elite crop of South Africans to win a Grammy alongside Zakes Bantwini, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir, Black Coffee, Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman and Miriam Makeba.