Tems Becomes First Nigerian Female Artist To Bag a Grammy Award
Tems scored and set another record for Nigerian music at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in 2023, surpassing major acts as she received her first Grammy Award.
The singer won the 2023 Grammy for Best Rap Melody Performance for “Wait for U.” The 2022 nominated tracks features songs from other artists such as Jack Harlow (“First Class”), Kendrick Lamar (“Die Hard”), Lato (“Big Energy (live)”), and DJ Khaled (“Beautiful”).
In addition to his nominations in two categories (for “Wait for U” and “Pushin P”), Future was nominated for Best Rap Album for “I Never Liked You.”
The Nigerian singer-songwriter whose full name is Temilade Openiyi, collaborated with Wizkid on his song “Essence” in October 2020, her idiosyncratic style set her apart from artists in the Afrobeat-dominated genre.
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Known for her alternative music style and textured sound, Tem’s bio took a leap forward when she debuted in 2018 with the song “Mr. Rebel,” a track which favored her venture into the industry where she has since captured the hearts of many Nigerians. Since then, her fans have adopted the nickname “Rebel Gang.”
Despite being signed to several different labels in September 2021, Tems signed to RCA Records and released his second EP, If Orange Was a Place, which reached the top 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart.
Tems retained her talent for standing out from the crowd and earned her the title of the first Nigerian woman to host the BET Awards in 2022.