Following the conclusion of the 66th Grammy Awards, where Nigerian artists failed to secure any wins despite multiple nominations, Nigerian music legend, Timaya has offered his perspective on the outcome.
In an interview with Beat FM on Thursday, February 8, 2024, Timaya addressed the disappointment felt by many in the Nigerian music industry, particularly regarding accusations that the Recording Academy used Afrobeats for clout. However, Timaya disagreed with this sentiment, stating that Nigerian artists need not feel compelled to return home due to the perceived lack of credible local awards, including the Headies.
Timaya emphasized that the Grammy losses should serve as motivation for Nigerian superstars to push harder rather than be deterred by the setback. He encouraged artists to use the experience as fuel for continued growth and success in the international music scene.
The Recording Academy president, Harvey Mason, defended the Grammy Awards’ integrity, stating that winners are determined solely by the opinions of the voting body and that quality, not commercial acclaim, dictates the outcome.
In response to the Grammy disappointment, the Headies announced plans to return to Nigeria for its 17th edition, signaling a renewed commitment to recognizing and celebrating Nigerian talent within the country’s borders.
Meanwhile, Timaya also shared personal experience about his career journey, revealing that he served as a backup singer for fellow artist, Eedris Abdulkareem for three years. Despite no longer being in communication with Abdulkareem, Timaya expressed gratitude for the role Abdulkareem played in shaping his career and emphasized that Abdulkareem will always be his mentor.
Reflecting on his own path to success, Timaya encouraged artists like Burna Boy to leave their hometowns once they achieve fame, believing that distance can foster a greater appreciation for their roots.
Timaya’s comments shed light on both the challenges and opportunities within the Nigerian music industry, urging fellow artists to persevere and aim for global recognition.