Nigerian song bird Tems, has joined the musical big leagues as she won her very first Grammy Award on Sunday night, becoming the first Nigerian female to win the prestigious award.
Tems, whose real name is Temilade Openiyi, scored big in the category Best Melodic Rap Performance, for rapper Future’s ‘Wait For U’ which features her and Drake. She beat other nominees in the category including Latto, Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled.
‘Wait for U’ is a sample from Tems’ track ‘Higher,’ from her 2020 debut album ‘For Broken Ears.’ ‘Wait for U’ was released on May 3, 2022, and was the second single from Future’s ninth studio album ‘I Never Liked You.’
The 27-year-old was also nominated for Album of The Year, for her contribution in Beyonce’s latest album, ‘Renaissance’. However, Bey lost that award to Harry Styles. In addition to the Grammys, Tems has also received an Oscar nomination for co-writing Rihanna’s ‘Lift Me Up’ for ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’
Burna Boy, also received two Grammy nominations in the categories Best Global Music Album for his latest album ‘Love,Damini’ and Best Global Music Performance. He unfortunately did not win any of the awards.