Watch: Tyla Wins Grammy Best African Music Performance For "Water"
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Tyla’s “Water” has made history as the fastest African song to achieve Platinum status and now DOUBLE Platinum status, solidifying her status as a global pop sensation!


Global (06 May 2024) – Tyla, the South African songstress making waves around the globe, has once again made history with her chart-topping hit, “Water.”

According to “RIAA“, Tyla’s “Water” has officially ascended to the pinnacle of success, earning the esteemed DOUBLE Platinum certification in an astonishing six months.

Surpassing notable tracks such as Burna Boy’s “Last Last,” Wizkid’s “Essence” featuring Tems, Rema & Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down,” and CKay’s “Love Nwantiti,” Tyla’s “Water” stands tall as the fastest African song to achieve Platinum status in the U.S.A. (and now DOUBLE Platinum). This milestone celebrates Tyla’s individual triumph and also heralds a new era of African music’s influence on the world stage.

Tyla’s meteoric rise to international fame began with the release of “Water” in 2023, a track that captivated listeners worldwide with its irresistible beats and soulful lyrics. The song’s unprecedented success saw it soar into the top ten charts of sixteen countries, including the coveted United Kingdom and the United States. Notably, “Water” made history as the first song by a South African soloist to grace the esteemed U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in over fifty years, solidifying Tyla’s status as a trailblazer in her own right.

Adding to her illustrious journey, Tyla made headlines as the youngest-ever African artist to clinch a Grammy Award, triumphantly winning the inaugural Grammy for Best African Music Performance at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2024. Her accolades further include nominations for prestigious honours such as a BRIT Award, a Soul Train Music Award, a MOBO Award, and two South African Music Awards, attesting to her undeniable talent and unwavering dedication to her craft.

With each accolade and milestone, Tyla continues to break barriers and defy expectations, proving herself to be a true luminary in the music industry. With her infectious energy and unparalleled talent, Tyla has undoubtedly carved out her place in the pantheon of music legends… and her journey is only just beginning.

Sources: RIAA
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