Tyla Shines in Electrifying Debut Performance at 2024 BET Awards

Tyla performs “Jump” with Gunna and Skillibeng at the 2024 BET Awards in Los Angeles

Tyla performs on stage during the BET Awards at the Peacock theatre in Los Angeles, June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL TRAN/AFP VIA GETTY)
Tyla performs on stage during the BET Awards at the Peacock theatre in Los Angeles, June 30, 2024. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MICHAEL TRAN/AFP VIA GETTY)

South African singer Tyla made a memorable first appearance at the 2024 BET Awards on Sunday, June 30.

Performing her latest hit “Jump,” Tyla took the stage at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, joined by collaborators Gunna and Skillibeng.

Tyla, 22, brought a piece of her homeland to the event, showcasing her roots with a vibrant and energetic performance. Dressed in a striking brown two-piece bra and skirt set paired with black thigh-high boots, she commanded the stage with confidence and flair.

Her performance included a dramatic set piece featuring a cage filled with dancers painted as a giant tiger, a subtle nod to her dedicated fanbase known as the Tygers.

As she sang “Jump,” Tyla’s dynamic presence captivated the audience. Gunna and Skillibeng later joined her onstage to deliver their verses, adding to the high-energy atmosphere. The performance also featured Tyla’s viral “Water” dance move, which has become a signature element of her shows.

Tyla’s performance was a highlight of the night, and her hard work and talent did not go unrecognized. She received four nominations at the BET Awards and took home wins for Best New Artist and Best International Act. This marked a significant milestone in her burgeoning career.

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However, the journey to this triumphant moment was not without challenges. Earlier this year, Tyla had to cancel her debut concert tour, which was set to coincide with the release of her self-titled debut album in March. The cancellation was due to an injury that she had been dealing with for over a year.

“As much as this is something I would rather have dealt with privately, it’s important that I share what I have to share with you today.

For the past year, I’ve been silently suffering with an injury that has tragically worsened,” Tyla wrote in a heartfelt message to her fans. “I’ve seen doctors and specialists with high hopes, but the pain has only become more agonizing, as has the severity of the situation.”

Despite her hopes to perform, medical advice made it clear that continuing with any festival or tour dates would jeopardize her long-term health. Tyla expressed her heartbreak over the decision but emphasized the importance of prioritizing her well-being.

In a subsequent interview with PEOPLE, Tyla shared her thoughts on the future. “Obviously, what happened unfortunately happened, but the plans were there,” she said. “We were giving them an experience, not just a show, which I love.

Tyla attends the BET Awards at Peacock Theater on June 30, 2024 in Los Angeles. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, AMY SUSSMAN/GETTY)
Tyla attends the BET Awards at Peacock Theater on June 30, 2024 in Los Angeles. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, AMY SUSSMAN/GETTY)

We always try to do things that are different and more interesting, or things that I feel people would want to see. That’s definitely going to be a part of the planning when we do get back to working on the tour. We have so many ideas, and it’s just going to be amazing.”

Tyla’s resilience and determination have been evident throughout her career. In February, she won her first Grammy Award for Best African Music Performance for “Water,” a breakthrough hit that reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reflecting on this achievement, she told PEOPLE, “Hearing my name, being able to get on that stage and say a whole speech was crazy, especially considering my age and how early I am in my career.

I didn’t expect that honestly, but I’m just so grateful that it happened. It’s history. It’s such a big moment for home. I couldn’t be happier, really.”

The 2024 BET Awards performance marked a new chapter for Tyla, who has quickly become a rising star in the music industry. Her ability to captivate audiences with her unique blend of talent, energy, and cultural pride sets her apart as an artist to watch.

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