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Outrage As Grammy Plays Fela Kuti’s ‘Water’ While Announcing Tyla’s ‘Water’ As Winner

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During the 66th edition of the Grammy Awards, the organizers played the late Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s track ‘Water’ while announcing South African singer, Tyla’s ‘Water’ as the winner of the first Best African Music Performance category.

On Sunday, the Recording Academy declared Tyla’s ‘Water’ as the recipient of the first-ever Best African Music Performance award.

Tyla won the category after surpassing tracks by Nigerian artists such as Davido’s ‘Unavailable,’ Asake’s ‘Amapiano,’ Burna Boy’s ‘City Boys,’ and Ayra Starr’s ‘Rush.’

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However, to the surprise of many, following the announcement, Fela’s timeless classic, ‘Water No Get Enemy,’ was played instead of Tyla’s sexually-themed mid-tempo track.

This blunder triggered reactions from fans and music critics, particularly in Nigeria, with many criticizing the Recording Academy for the “silly mistake.”


AlvinAdegoke penned: “Abi Grammy think say nah tyla water be this ??.”


iam_Daposh noted: “You sure say no be Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s “Water” Tyla submit to #Grammy’s.”


adepromise said: “Abi Tyla submitted Fela Water to Win Grammy. We need to do our investigation.”


Mayo6Tee reacted: “They Submitted which Water lol ? ???? .. @RecordingAcad you’ve done it again.”


bruzieee wrote: “This is pure foolishness, why use Fela song titled Water? Are they ashamed to play the song that got the award?”


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