Nigerian Tems wins first Grammy
Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, won her first Grammy on Sunday evening February 5, at the cryto.com Arena in Los Angeles for her contribution to the 2022 hit song by Future, “Wait for U,” which also features Drake, under the category of “Best Melodic Rap Performance.”
She is the second female Nigerian artiste after Sade Adu to receive a Grammy award, and her win has been celebrated globally. Her recognition at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards marked a major milestone in Tems’ illustrious music career, cementing her place as one of the most prominent African artists of the decade.
Tems’ powerful voice, captivating songwriting and influential sound have made her a remarkable force in the music industry, and the Grammy Award was the perfect recognition of her hard work and talent.
In addition to her Grammy win, Tem has just become the first Nigerian musician to be nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts (the Oscars).
In the meantime, Burna Boy, who was nominated in both the “Best Global Music Album” and the “Best Global Music Performance” categories, did not take home any awards.
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The “Free Minds” singer became famous after collaborating with Wizkid on the hit song Essence. Her collaboration with Wizkid helped to bring her music to a global audience.
She was able to capitalize on this newfound fame, and use it to collaborate with some of the most respected musicians in the industry. This helped her to reach a much wider audience and further increase her popularity.
When Nigerian-British, Helen Folasade Adu professionally known as Sade Adu, or simply Sade, won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1986, she became the first female Nigerian (African) to receive an award for this honor.
Lovers Rock’, an album by English band called Sade, named after the band’s lead singer, Sade Adu, also won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2002 Grammys, and Sade will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2023.
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Arakunrin Lekan is a Managing Editor & Writer at theafricandream.net. He’s also a Graphics Designer and a Poet.