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2024 Grammys: Taylor Swift's record, best African performance goes to South Africa

A look at notable winners, first-time recipients and the inaugural Best African Music Performance Grammy that went to 22-year-old South African musician, Tyla Laura Seethal.

2024 Grammy winners Taylor Swift (Album of the Year) and Tyla (Best African Music Performance)

The 2024 Grammy Awards marked a historic night in the music industry, with a record number of wins for women and groundbreaking achievements.

Among the winners, several artists stood out not only for their wins this year but also for their contributions to music over the years.

Here's a look at some of the most notable winners, including first-time recipients and those who added to their already impressive Grammy collections.

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For the first time in the 66-year history of the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy awarded the first winner of the Best African Music performance award - South African musician Tyla for her song 'Water'.

The category included Asake & Olamide's 'Amapiano', Burna Boy's 'City Boys', 'Unavailable' by Davido ft Musa Keys and Ayra Starr for 'Rush'.

'Water' has been a transformative track for Tyla, placing her on the path to global superstardom. Her journey to this point has been marked by her distinctive sound that combines pop gloss with the sonics of club-ready amapiano.

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In her reaction to the Grammy win, Tyla expressed profound excitement and a bit of disbelief, highlighting the importance of the award to her as an advocate for African music.

"I feel amazed. I’m shaking like I don’t even know what to do. I don’t even know how to answer questions right now. I’m just so excited. It [Grammy win] is an honour. It’s the first time this category has been introduced. So, it means so much to me, being the first winner of this category.

“It means so much. I have always been an advocate for African music. I love African music. It is the music that I made, it is the music that I listen to all the time, and I have believed in it for so long. So I am just happy that it is getting its recognition now," she said in her acceptance speech on Sunday.

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Taylor Swift continued to make history by winning the Album of the Year Grammy for 'Midnights', marking her fourth win in this category—a record no other artist has achieved.

Swift's win follows an equally successful year of touring, adding to her already legendary status. With previous Grammy Album of the Year wins for 'Fearless', '1989', and 'Folklore', her latest triumph with 'Midnights' showcases her evolving artistry and enduring appeal.

Victoria Monét took home the Grammy for Best New Artist, marking a significant milestone in her career.

Known for her R&B and pop fusion, Monét has been in the industry for over a decade, contributing to music as a songwriter and artist.

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Her win follows a year where she was nominated in seven categories, showcasing her broad talent and the recognition of her artistry on a grand scale

SZA, entering the night as the most-nominated artist, secured three Grammys, Best R&B Song for 'Snooze', Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration with Phoebe Bridgers 'Ghost in the Machine' and Best Progressive R&B Album of the Year for 'SOS'.

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Her wins are a testament to her influence and creativity in the R&B genre, marking a significant achievement in her career.

SZA's unique voice and emotive songwriting have made her a critical and commercial success, and her Grammy wins this year further cement her status as an R&B powerhouse

Other category winners in this year's Grammy Awards include:-

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  1. Billie Eilish — What Was I Made For?
  2. Boygenius — Not Strong Enough
  3. Jon Batiste — Worship
  4. WINNER: Miley Cyrus — Flowers
  5. Olivia Rodrigo — Vampire
  6. SZA — Kill Bill
  7. Taylor Swift — Anti-Hero
  8. Victoria Monét — On My Mama
  1. WINNER: Billie Eilish — What Was I Made For?
  2. Dua Lipa — Dance the Night
  3. Jon Batiste — Butterfly
  4. Lana Del Rey — A&W
  5. Miley Cyrus — Flowers
  6. Olivia Rodrigo — Vampire
  7. SZA — Kill Bill
  8. Taylor Swift — Anti-Hero
  1. Tyler Childers — In Your Love
  2. Brandy Clark — Buried
  3. Luke Combs — Fast Car
  4. Dolly Parton — The Last Thing On My Mind
  5. WINNER: Chris Stapleton — White Horse
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  1. Dierks Bentley ft. Billy Strings — High Note
  2. Brothers Osborne — Nobody’s Nobody
  3. WINNER: Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves — I Remember Everything
  4. Vince Gill & Paul Franklin — Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)
  5. Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson — Save Me
  6. Carly Pearce ft. Chris Stapleton — We Don’t Fight Anymore
  1. Brandy Clark — Buried
  2. WINNER: Chris Stapleton — White Horse
  3. Morgan Wallen — Last Night
  4. Tyler Childers — In Your Love
  5. Zach Bryan ft. Kacey Musgraves — I Remember Everything
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  1. Kelsea Ballerini — Rolling Up The Welcome Mat
  2. Brothers Osborne — Brothers Osborne
  3. Zach Bryan — Zach Bryan
  4. Tyler Childers — Rustin’ In The Rain
  5. WINNER: Lainey Wilson — Bell Bottom Country
  1. Foo Fighters — But Here We Are
  2. Greta Van Fleet — Starcatcher
  3. Metallica — 72 Seasons
  4. WINNER: Paramore — This Is Why
  5. Queens of the Stone Age — In Times New Roman...
  1. Baby Keem ft. Kendrick Lamar — The Hillbillies
  2. Black Thought — Love Letter
  3. Coi Leray — Players
  4. Drake & 21 Savage — Rich Flex
  5. WINNER: Killer Mike ft. André 3000, Future, and Eryn Allen Kane — Scientists & Engineers
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  1. Burna Boy featuring 21 Savage —Sittin’ On Top Of The World
  2. Doja Cat — Attention
  3. Drake and 21 Savage — Spin Bout U
  4. WINNER: Lil Durk featuring J. Cole — All My Life
  5. SZA — Low
  1. Rogét Chahayed, Amala Zandile Dlamini & Ari Starace, songwriters (Doja Cat) — Attention
  2. [From Barbie The Album] — Isis Naija Gaston, Ephrem Louis Lopez Jr. & Onika Maraj, songwriters (Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice Featuring Aqua) — Barbie World
  3. Mohamad Camara, Symere Woods & Javier Mercado, songwriters (Lil Uzi Vert) — Just Wanna Rock
  4. Brytavious Chambers, Isaac “Zac” De Boni, Aubrey Graham, J. Gwin, Anderson Hernandez, Michael “Finatik” Mule & Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, songwriters (Drake & 21 Savage) — Rich Flex
  5. WINNER: Andre Benjamin, Paul Beauregard, James Blake, Michael Render, Tim Moore & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Killer Mike Featuring André 3000, Future & Eryn Allen Kane) — SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS
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  1. Drake & 21 Savage — Her Loss
  2. WINNER: Killer Mike — Michael
  3. Metro Boomin — Heroes & Villains
  4. Nas — King’s Disease III
  5. Travis Scott — Utopia
  1. Chris Brown Summer Too Hot
  2. Robert Glasper featuring Sir and Alex Haley — Back to Love
  3. WINNER: Coco Jones —ICU
  4. Victoria Monet — How Does It Make You Feel
  5. SZA — Kill Bill
  1. Babyface ft. Coco Jones — Simple
  2. Kenyon Dixon — Lucky
  3. Victoria Monét ft. Earth, Wind & Fire and Hazel Monét — Hollywood
  4. WINNER: PJ Morton ft. Susan Carol — Good Morning
  5. SZA — Love Language
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  1. Billie Eilish — What Was I Made For? (“Barbie”)
  2. Doja Cat — Paint the Town Red
  3. WINNER: Miley Cyrus — Flowers
  4. Olivia Rodrigo — Vampire
  5. Taylor Swift — Anti-Hero
  1. Edgar Barrera
  2. Jessie Jo Dillion
  3. Shane McAnally
  4. WINNER: Theron Thomas
  5. Justin Tranter
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  1. WINNER: Jack Antonoff
  2. Dernst D’Mile Memile II
  3. Hit boy
  4. Metro Boomin’
  5. Daniel Nigro
  1. WINNER: Taylor Swift — Midnights
  2. Olivia Rodrigo — Guts
  3. Miley Cyrus — Endless Summer Vacation
  4. Kelly Clarkson — Chemistry
  5. Ed Sheeran — “-”
  1. Liz Callaway — To Steve With Love: Liz Callaway Celebrates Sondheim
  2. Rickie Lee Jones — Pieces of Treasure
  3. WINNER: Laufey — Bewitched
  4. Pentatonix — Holidays Around the World
  5. Bruce Springsteen — Only the Strong Survive
  6. Various — Sondheim Unplugged (The NYC Sessions), Vol. 3
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  1. Dom Flemons — Traveling Wildfire
  2. The Milk Carton Kids — I Only See The Moon
  3. WINNER: Joni Mitchell — Joni Mitchell At Newport (Live)
  4. Nickel Creek — Celebrants
  5. Old Crow Medicine Show — Jubilee
  6. Paul Simon — Seven Psalms
  7. Rufus Wainwright — Folkocracy
  1. Trevor Noah — I Wish You Would
  2. Wanda Sykes — I’m An Entertainer
  3. Chris Rock — Selective Outrage
  4. Sarah Silverman — Someone You Love
  5. WINNER: Dave Chappelle — "What’s In A Name?"
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  1. Pablo Alboran — La Cuarta Hoja
  2. Alemor — Beautiful HUmans, Vol. 1
  3. Paula Areanas — A Ciegas
  4. Pedro Capo — La Neta
  5. Maluma — Don Juan
  6. WINNER: Gaby Moreno — “X Mí (Vol. 1)”
  1. Cabra — Martínez
  2. Diamante Eléctrico — Leche de Tigre
  3. WINNER, TIED: Juanes — “Vida Cotidiana”
  4. WINNER, TIED: Natalia Lafourcade — “De Todas Las Flores”
  5. Fito Paez — EADDA9223
  1. Arctic Monkeys — Sculptures of Anything Goes
  2. Black Pumas — More Than a Love Song
  3. WINNER: Boygenius — “Not Strong Enough”
  4. Foo Fighters — Rescued
  5. Metallica — Lux Æterna
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  1. Disturbed — Bad Man
  2. Ghost — Phantom of the Opera
  3. WINNER: Metallica — “72 Seasons”
  4. Slipknot — Hive Mind
  5. Spiritbox — Jaded
  1. WINNER: Boygenius — Not Strong Enough
  2. Foo Fighters — Rescued
  3. Olivia Rodrigo — Ballad of a Homeschooled Girl
  4. Queens of the Stone Age — Emotion Sickness
  5. The Rolling Stones — Angry
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  1. Alvvays — 'Belinda Says'
  2. Arctic Monkeys — 'Body Paint'
  3. Boygenius — 'Cool About It'
  4. Lana Del Rey — 'A&W'
  5. WINNER: Paramore — 'This Is Why'
  1. Arctic Monkeys 'The Car'
  2. WINNER: Boygenius — 'The Record'
  3. Lana Del Rey — 'Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd'
  4. Gorillaz — 'Cracker Island'
  5. PJ Harvey — 'I Inside The Old Year Dying'
  1. Meryl Streep — “Big Tree”
  2. William Shatner — “Boldly Go: Reflections On A Life Of Awe And Wonder”
  3. Rick Rubin — “The Creative Act: A Way Of Being”
  4. Senator Bernie Sanders — “It’s Ok To Be Angry About Capitalism”
  5. WINNER: Michelle Obama — “The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times”
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