Nigerian songstress, Temilade Openiyi, who is widely known as Tems, has finally received her official Grammy award plaque, marking her historic win.
News About Nigeria reports that Tems clinched the prestigious award for Best Melodica Rap Performance at the 65th Grammys held on February 6, 2023. Her contribution to Future’s track “Wait For U,” which also featured Drake, propelled her to Grammy success.
The exciting news of the plaque’s arrival was shared by Tems’ manager, Muyiwa Awoniyi, on social media late Friday night.
This achievement not only makes Tems the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy but also the first female Nigerian singer to be nominated for this coveted accolade.
Prior to her Grammy triumph, Tems had garnered recognition in the music industry.
Her collaboration with Wizkid on the hit song “Essence” earned her a nomination in the Best Global Performance category at last year’s Grammy Awards, although she ultimately lost to Arooj Aftab from Pakistan.
Tems has gained a reputation as one of the most critically acclaimed African artists.
Her groundbreaking artistry, creative vision, and influence on the future of music have been acknowledged with the Prize for Music at The Future Awards Africa and the Impact Award at the BMI London Awards.
In 2020, Tems released her debut album titled “For Broken Ears,” which featured the popular track “Damages.”
The album received nominations at prestigious events such as the All Africa Music Awards and The Beatz Awards.
Additionally, her collaboration with Wizkid on “Essence” garnered critical acclaim and led to a Grammy nomination for Best Global Music Performance.
The song went on to win accolades at the BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, The Headies Awards, and the Soul Train Music Awards.
Continuing her success streak, Tems released her second studio album, “If Orange Was a Place,” in 2021.
The album’s remarkable quality earned it the Best R&B Album award at The Headies.
Furthermore, Tems was featured on Future and Drake’s track “Wait for U,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Song and secured a win for Best Melodic Rap Performance.
Her talent was also recognized at the American Music Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards.
In 2022, Tems made a notable contribution to Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” lending her vocals to the track titled “Move.”
This collaboration resulted in nominations at the NAACP Image Awards and the Soul Train Music Awards, further solidifying Tems’ position as an exceptional artist.
Tems’ journey in the music industry has been nothing short of remarkable.
Her Grammy win and subsequent recognition across various prestigious awards serve as a testament to her immense talent and artistic prowess.
With each project she undertakes, Tems continues to captivate audiences and redefine the boundaries of African music on a global scale.