Laufey, Tyla and Other API Acts Win at the 66th Grammys

Yesterday, Sunday, Feb.4, the music industry came together to highlight the songs and musicians that took over the waves in the last year. The 66th Grammys were hosted by Trevor Noah — the night was filled with performances from the biggest musicians of the year like “GUTS” singer Olivia Rodrigo, SZA and Billy Joel (along with Laufey accompanying him on the cello.) But of course, who can forget the awards? 

This year saw several API acts taking home Grammys, including the previously mentioned Laufey who won her first Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal, for her latest album “Bewitched.” Another API winner from that night was Tyla, who won Best African Music Performance for her smash hit “Water.” Not only did both women win their first Grammy nomination, but Tyla was also the first-ever winner in the Best African Music Performance category. 

The night saw the fusion band Shakti, made up of Shankar Mahadevan, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, V. Selvaganesh and Ganesh Rajagopalan, take home the award for Best Global Music Album for their album “This Moment.” While two categories Best Global Music Performance and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album went to collaborators Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain and Rakesh Chaurasia.

And last but not least, musician Yuja Wang took home the Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her piano performance on “The American Project.” 

For a full list of winners at the 66th Grammys, click here!