July 20, 2024
Timaya reacts to Nigerians Grammy Award loss, says local award are worse

Timaya reacts to Nigerians Grammy Award loss

Timaya reacts to Nigerians Grammy Award loss, says local award are worse
Timaya reacts to Nigerians Grammy Award loss

Timaya, a legendary figure in Nigerian music, has shared his thoughts on the results of the 66th Grammy Awards, which saw several nominations for Nigerian artists but no victories.

Timaya addressed the dissatisfaction felt by many in the Nigerian music industry in an interview with Beat FM on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

She specifically addressed the claims that the Recording Academy utilized Afrobeats to gain influence. Timaya, on the other hand, disagreed, saying that Nigerian musicians shouldn’t feel pressured to go back home because there aren’t many reputable local awards, like the Headies.

 

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Timaya stressed that rather than being discouraged by the setback, Nigerian superstars can use the Grammy defeats as fuel to work even harder.

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Timaya also talked about his own professional experiences, stating that he worked for three years as a backup vocalist for fellow musician Eedris Abdulkareem. Though Timaya and Abdulkareem are no longer in contact, Timaya is grateful for the influence Abdulkareem had on his career and stresses that Abdulkareem will always be his mentor.

 

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Timaya, who believed that recognition might create a stronger appreciation for one’s roots, advised musicians like Burna Boy to leave their hometowns once they attain renown, based on his own route to success.

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Timaya’s remarks encourage other musicians to keep going and strive for international recognition by highlighting the opportunities and difficulties present in the Nigerian music scene.

In defense of the Grammy Awards’ legitimacy, Recording Academy President Harvey Mason said that votes alone select the winners and that quality—rather than popularity—determines the result.

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The announcement by the Headies that they would be returning to Nigeria for its 17th edition in response to the Grammy debacle demonstrated their renewed dedication to identifying and honoring Nigerian talent domestically.

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