Tyla brings home a Grammy and receives a hero’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport.


Tyla brings home a Grammy and receives a hero’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport.

Tyla is in SA for the first time since winning her Grammy months ago. She was welcomed at the airport by a bunch of people who celebrated her.

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Grammy Award winner Tyla Seethal received a hero’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday, 30 March as she finally returned home for the first time since winning the award in the States.


The 22-year-old Amapiano sensation flew the South African flag high earlier this year when she became the youngest African to ever win a Grammy. She won the award in the category for Best African Music Performance and received it at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards premiere ceremony at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.


Her song Water became the first song by a South African solo artist to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 in 55 years, according to dsac.gov. EWN also reported that when the song first dropped, it garnered three million views within 72 hours.

“I am so honored to be the first winner of a Grammy under this newly introduced category… We made history! I wanna say some more thank you’s to all my Tygers, my choreographer @litchi_hov, my creative director @thegmni, the Fantastic 4 @sammy_soso @bhxbelievve @mochabands @aripensmith
And my label @epicrecords,” she said at the time, winning her award.

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Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, South African fans, people from Sony Music, and Tyla’s friends and family came to show her some love as she touched down at the airport around 11:30, according to the government website.

On the day, taking to his timelines, Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Zizi Kodwa also announced Tyla’s return on social media.

“Welcome home @Tyllaaaaaaa🇿🇦 #TylaHomecoming #CCIAwards,” Kodwa wrote.


Tyla has since attended the South African Cultural and Creative Industry Awards. She walked away with the Best International Act Award.

According to the South African Government Official Information and Services, Minister Zizi Kodwa said: “Amongst several reasons, these awards are intended to intentionally lift up, support the creative and cultural riches that join people together, nourish the spirit, liven up communities, inspire and create a vibrant nation, to also benchmark ourselves against the best in the world as we do them, to create a truly special moment.”

On the stage, while receiving her award, Tyla expressed her gratitude to her fans.

“I am so happy to be home. The last time I was home was Christmas. I am so happy to be here celebrating all creatives. I am so proud of all creatives and Amapiano music. Amapiano music has done so much for South Africa and I am so happy to be one of the artists to represent us while we are overseas,” she said.



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