The race is on for this year’s Oscars, honouring the film industry’s finest from the past year.

International music sensation, Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, received another global recognition as she bagged an Oscar nomination.

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

Oscar statuettes

Tems co-wrote “Lift Me” with global singer Rihanna, music producer Ludwig Göransson, and Black Panther’s director Ryan Coogler.

In November 2022, she was nominated for the Grammy awards in the Best Melodic Rap Performance category as a featured artist on American rapper- Future’s single ‘Wait For U’ and Best Rap Song for the same single.

Her collaboration with Wizkid in their hit, ‘Essence’ also earned her a nomination in the Best Global Music Performance category, making her the first Nigerian female singer to bag a Grammy nomination.

Here is  the list of other nominees  under the Best Original Song category for the 95th Academy Awards, which will be handed out at the ceremony in Los Angeles on 12 March.

Best original song

Applause – Tell It Like a Woman (Diane Warren)

Hold My Hand – Top Gun: Maverick (Lady Gaga, BloodPop)

Naatu Naatu – RRR (MM Keeravaani, Chandrabose)

Lift Me Up – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler)

This Is A Life – Everything Everywhere All at Once (Ryan Lott, David Byrne, Mitski)

By Stella Anyango

January 25, 2023

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