Ayra Starr Chats With Billboard About The Global Success Of “Rush,” The Grammys, And Her Upcoming Album

Ayra Starr spoke with Billboard News following her nomination for the Grammy Awards in the “Best African Music Performance” category. She talked about the success of her hit song “Rush,” the thrill of being nominated and going to the ceremony, overcoming imposter syndrome, and her recently released single “Commas.”

Ayra Starr admitted that she needed some prodding to release her smash song, “Rush.” The celebrated singer told the story of what happened before her hugely popular song “Rush” was released. When questioned if she had anticipated the song’s success while writing it, Ayra Starr admitted that she had doubts as the song was being put together.

She went on to say that she still experienced imposter syndrome even after the song became extremely popular. Ayra explained her uncertainty by saying that, having never released a song of that nature previously, she wasn’t sure how her listeners would react to it. Following its release, “Rush” went to the top of the TurnTable Top 100 in Nigeria and charted in the UK and France, among other countries.

Over 300 million people have viewed the music video, setting a record for a female Nigerian musician. She was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best African Music Performance category at the 66th Grammy Awards, becoming the first female Nigerian musician to receive a lead artist nod.

Here’s the full interview:

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