Tyla Explains The Moment She Found Out She Was Nominated For The Grammys .Born Tyla Laura Seethal in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tyla grew up listening to the piano-driven, tech-house beats of the amapiano music she heard at parties and gatherings throughout the 2010s. Those faster-paced tempos, paired with Tyla’s love for American singers like Aaliyah and Britney Spears, were what made “Water” a standout on the charts.
Tyla is part of the inaugural class of nominees for the new Grammy category for African music alongside her friend Arya Starr and Asake, Burna Boy, Davido, along with featured acts Olamide and Musa Keys. She was in her hotel room in New York when she found out.
“In all seriousness, I didn’t really think I was going to get nominated,” she admits. “But my label asked me to watch the livestream announce and I was so nervous … And then I saw my name pop up, and I died (laughs). I couldn’t stop screaming. I called my family and my best friend who travels with me. She came to my room and we just screamed and screamed.”