‘I didn't ask for any Grammy nomination‘ - Ayra Starr reveals


Nigerian Afrobeat sensation, Ayra Starr, narrates her reaction when she learnt about her Grammy nomination.

Speaking in a recent interview with The Beat FM on Friday, January 26, 2024, the Mavin Records signee, who was nominated in the Best African Music Performance category for her hit song Rush, discussed her reaction and perspective on the prestigious recognition.

While on tour in Germany, Ayra Starr recounted the moment she heard about the Grammy nominations.

Surprisingly, calls and messages flooded in from friends and colleagues, informing her of the exciting news. Overwhelmed, Ayra Starr expressed her gratitude, stating, "Thank you Jesus. I just went to sleep. I didn't even like do anything. I just went to sleep. Hmm. You've tried."

The Grammy nomination, viewed as the icing on the cake for her hard work in the previous year, was an unexpected honor for the 21-year-old artist. Despite the achievement, the self acclaimed 'Sabi Girl' emphasized staying true to herself and avoiding the pressure associated with industry expectations. She highlighted her commitment to excellence and personal growth in her music.

In her words, "I feel like if you allow pressure consume you, you're not going to do anything. So, I feel like just do your thing. That's how I've been doing.just staying in my lane doing my thing, whatever wants to happen will happen. I didn't ask for any Grammys nomination. I just did my thing and i got it. If I don't get it next year, probably, or this year, but, you know, am not going to like, kill myself. I'm just going to continue working."

Responding to questions about potential burnout, Ayra Starr expressed her unwavering dedication to her craft. She acknowledged the evolution in her performances over the years, attributing it to consistent practice and a commitment to delivering quality to her fans.

"I don't think that point is coming anytime soon because I have a commitment to excellence and its like, I know what am here to do. I wasn't. The way I performed now that's not how I used to perform two years ago. It's just practise makes perfect and I know what am trying to do with my brand. I know what am trying to give my fans and I just want to keep working till I get to that point," She said.

The talented singer, who competes with industry heavyweights such as Davido, Burna Boy, and Olamide, holds the distinction of being the first and youngest Nigerian female artist nominated in the Best African Music Performance category. Ayra Starr's remarkable achievement sets a precedent for young artists in the industry.

The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, where the winners will be announced, is scheduled to take place at the Arena in Los Angeles in February 2024.

Ayra Starr remains grateful for the recognition and continues to focus on her musical journey, maintaining a balance between success and personal growth.