Nigerian star Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, won her first-ever Grammy Award at the 2023 Grammy Awards gala ceremony.

The “Damages” hitmaker whose fame shot into the limelight after her hit collaboration song with Wizkid, titled Essence, gave her the opportunity to collaborate on hit songs with the finest in the music industry in America.

Tems’ first Grammy came on Sunday night at the Arena in Los Angeles for her feature in the 2022 hit song by Future, “Wait for U,” which also included Drake.

By virtue of this award, Tems becomes the first Nigerian and African to win a Grammy for “Best Melodic Rap Performance.”


Meanwhile, Burna Boy, who was nominated in the “Best Global Music Album” and the “Best Global Music Performance” categories, failed to win any of them.

She recently received another global recognition as she bagged an Oscar nomination.

The Nigerian singer was nominated in the Best Original Song category. Tems was nominated for her contribution as a songwriter for Rihanna ‘Lift Me’, the soundtrack for Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.

By Stella Anyango

February 6, 2023

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