The just-concluded 65 Grammy Awards came with cheers for Tems, as she bagged her first Grammy. She won in the category of best melodic rap performance for the song “Wait for U,” which she featured in collaboration with Future and Drake. making her the first Nigerian female afrobeat star to bag the award.
The 25-year-old, who got her big break in 2020 from her role in Wizkids‘ hit single “Essence“,also got three nominations in the just concluded show in the following categories:
Best Rap Song for her role in Future’s Wait For U
Best melodic rap performance for her role in Futures’ “Wait For U,”
Album of the Year for her role in Beyonce’s Renaissance Album
Last year also came with a lot of wins for Tems, as not only was she featured in a Beyonce album, but she also bagged herself an Oscar nomination. And this is all before she drops her deputy album, which makes her achievements even more impressive.
Other Nigerian artists got nominations as well. Burna Boy got two nominations: one for the “Best Global Music Performance category” for his song “Last Last” and another for the “Best Global Music Album category” for his album “Love, Damini.” Tobe Nwigwe, who is a Nigerian-born, US-based rapper, also got a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist.” However, Tems was the only one who had a victory, as the others lost in their categories.
Things To Know About Tems
Tems’ full name is Temilade Openiyi, and she was born on July 23, 1996 (she is 25 years old).
She studied economics at a South African university after attending Dowen College in Lagos.
She was raised by a single mom and started her own music production at the age of 20.
On August 31, 2021, she won the BET Amplified Artiste of the Month award for the month of August.
In 2022, she bagged 4 international nominations: 3 from the Grammys and one from the Oscars.
On February 5, 2023, she won her first Grammy.
All this before her first debut album. Her achievements have been impressive. Kudos to her and her management team.
Author: Daberechi Anachunam