Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter/Instagram
Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter/Instagram

The 2024 BET Awards, often dubbed “culture’s biggest night,” witnessed a rising South African star take center stage. Tyla, known for her infectious pop melodies and captivating stage presence, emerged victorious in the coveted Best New Artist category. This win marks a significant milestone in her career and underscores the growing global recognition of African music.

The BET Awards ceremony, held at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles on June 30th, was a night of celebration for many artists. But for Tyla, it was a night etched in history. She became the third artist born outside the United States to win the Best New Artiste award, following in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj and Sam Smith.

Tyla wins Best New Artist at the 2024 BET Awards. Photo Credit: BET Awards/Instagram
Tyla wins Best New Artist at the 2024 BET Awards. Photo Credit: BET Awards/Instagram

Tyla’s electrifying music has captivated audiences worldwide. Her signature sound blends catchy pop melodies with the soulful essence of R&B and the infectious energy of Afrobeat. Her debut single, “Water,” became a massive hit, showcasing her vocal prowess and captivating hooks.

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Tyla didn’t just win an award; she delivered a showstopping performance that left the audience wanting more. Her electrifying stage presence, coupled with her energetic dance moves, set the stage ablaze.

Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Johnny Nunez/Instagram
Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Johnny Nunez/Instagram

In her acceptance speech, Tyla’s humility and gratitude shone through. She expressed her love for fellow nominee Sexyy Red and thanked her fans, family, and the BET community for their unwavering support. She also dedicated her award to African superstars who paved the way for her success, acknowledging the rich musical heritage of the continent.

Oh my gosh this crazy, this is also very heavy again. First of all I love Sexyy Red. I love her so much. This is such a gift to be here. I want to dedicate this one to Africa. I want to dedicate this to all the African superstars before me that didn’t get these opportunities that I’m getting. This is just amazing. Africa to the world guys.

Tyla.
Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Bennett Raglin/Instagram
Tyla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Bennett Raglin/Instagram

Earlier in the evening, the singer received the “Best International Act” award, presented by actor Coleman Domingo.

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Tyla’s journey has just begun. With her undeniable talent, captivating stage presence, and infectious music, she is poised for superstardom. Her BET Award win is a testament to her dedication and hard work, and it serves as an inspiration for aspiring artists worldwide. The future of music shines brightly with Tyla leading the way.