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Tay Grin and Dawson Kawerawera on Sunday missed out on the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tay Grin, who performed on Friday, was nominated in the category of Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa for his song ‘Tola’, which features Tanzania’s artist Vanessa Mdee.

The award went to South African artist Emtee for his song ‘We Up’. Emtee is expected to perform in the country during the Urban Music People over the weekend.

Tay Grin Monday congratulated Emtee for winning the award.

“It’s well deserved. I would like to thank everyone that took their time to support me. Winning is great but, if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, you are going to be a champion someday,” he said.

The musician said he will go back to the drawing board and work twice as hard.

“It was a huge honour to be nominated in the category this year,” he said.

This was the first time for Tay Grin, who is set to come back home on Thursday to receive an Afrima nomination.

Another nominee Dawson Kawerawera also missed out as the award went to Simi for his song ‘Smile.’

Kawerawera was nominated in the category of Songwriter of the Year for the track ‘If’.

The artist, who was new to many people, could not be reached for his comment yesterday.

But he said last week ahead of the grand finale that he was happy to have received a nomination for the first time.

In 2014 and 2016, Lawi and Zani Challe also received nominations but missed out on the award.

Once again, Nigeria proved too hot as its artists dominated the awards.

The awards were hosted by award-winning artist Akon, according to media reports.

Media reports also said African stars from all over the continent graced the event.

Nigeria star Wizkid got the Artiste of the Year Award and, as if this was not enough, he also got the Song of the Year Award for his song ‘Come Closer’ and Best Male Artist –West Africa.

Mali’s artist Salif Keita and Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, who have all had performed at the Blantyre Arts Festival, got the African Legend Award.

The Best Female Artist –Southern Africa– went to Thandiswa from South Africa while Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage grabbed the Best Female –West Africa.

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