Nigerian singer and songwriter Temilade Openiyi, widely known as Tems, has added “Grammy Award Winner” to her growing list of accolades. At the 65th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, Tems earned her first Grammy for her contribution to the hit song “Wait For U” by Future, which also features Drake.
Tems made history as the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy in the Best Melodic Rap Performance category, beating out other talented artists such as Latto (“Big Energy (Live)”), Jack Harlow (“First Class”), Kendrick Lamar (“Die Hard”), and DJ Khaled (“Beautiful”). This recognition is well-deserved, as Tems has made a huge impact in the music industry over the past few years with her soulful and powerful voice.
Not only did Tems win a Grammy, but she is also nominated for Album of the Year for her contribution to Beyoncé’s Renaissance. This year has been a monumental one for Tems, as she was also nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the song “Lift Me Up” for the movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”.
“Wait For U” features Tems’ song “Higher,” which is from her 2020 debut album “For Broken Ears”. The song was released in May 2022 and became a massive hit, with Future praising Tems’ vocal ability on social media. Tems’ talent quickly caught the attention of the international music scene and she went on to collaborate with music superstars like Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Fans have taken to social media to express their excitement and congratulations for Tems’ historic win. The 65th Annual Grammy Awards also saw some other major winners, including Adele, Beyoncé, Harry Styles, and Kendrick Lamar, with Beyoncé becoming the most decorated artist in Grammy history with her 32nd award. Harry Styles won Album of the Year for “Harry’s House,” while Samara Joy won Best New Artist and Lizzo won Record of the Year.
Unfortunately, Nigerian singer Burna Boy was not among the winners this year, losing out in two categories. He was beaten by South Africa’s Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode for the Best Global Music Performance award, and his album “Love Damini” lost to Japan’s Masa Takumi for the Best Global Music Album award. Despite this, the 65th Annual Grammy Awards was a night to remember for Tems and all the other talented artists who were recognized for their outstanding work in the music industry.