Nigerian awards not reliable, worse than Grammys- Timaya

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Nigerian musician Timaya, whose real name is Inetimi Alfred Timaya Odon, has stated that there is no authenticity to Nigerian prizes.

Following the Recording Academy’s rejection of every Nigerian nomination for the 66th Grammy Awards—Tyla being the only non-Nigerian nominee in the inaugural Best African Music Performance category—some Nigerians have accused the Grammy organisers of collusion, according to report.

Timaya responded in a recent interview with The Beat 99.9 FM in Lagos, saying that the legitimacy of Nigerian honours is much worse than that of the Grammys.

Nigerian singer, Inetimi Alfred Timaya Odon, simply known as Timaya, has claimed that Nigerian awards lack credibility.

DAILY POST reports that some Nigerians have accused the Grammy organisers of complicity after the Recording Academy snubbed all the Nigerian nominees at the 66th Grammys, with Tyla, the only non-Nigerian nominee in the maiden Best African Music Performance category, winning the award.

Reacting during a recent interview with The Beat 99.9 FM, Lagos, Timaya said Nigerian awards are even worse than the Grammys in terms of credibility.

The host asked, “What is your take on a lot of people saying the Grammy used Afrobeats and we need to come back home and grow?”

Timaya replied, “We don’t need to come back home. Even our own, which credible awards? Is it the Hip-hop awards, Hip TV awards [The Headies]? I don’t even know. They are not credible either. They are even worse than the Grammys.

“If we have a homegrown award that is credible, people would gravitate towards it. But for now, whether you like it or not, Grammy is still Grammy. We don’t have to back down [because Nigerian artists lost this year]. We are going again.”