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Tems Wins First Grammy Award

Nigerian singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, won her first Grammy Award at the 65th edition of the show held at the Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Tems, who has been nominated for the prestigious award on four other occasions but lost out, bagged her first Grammy in the 2023 edition’s ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category’.


The Nigerian won the award for her vocal and writing contribution to the smashing hit ‘Wait For U’ by Future featuring Drake and herself.

Others nominated for the category won by Tems included DJ Khaled Featuring Future & SZA (Beautiful); Jack Harlow (First Class); Kendrick Lamar Featuring Blxst & Amanda Reifer (Die Hard) and Latto – Big Energy (Live).

After the 27-year-old singer won the award, congratulatory messages have been pouring in for her on social media.


An IG user identified as @Shawnifee wrote: “Tems’ growth through the years has been mindblowing. Now she’s won a Grammy, becoming the first Nigerian female act to win the Award. Big Tems herself!”


Another netizen, @Afrospecials said: “RECORD BREAKER: Tems’ Grammy Award tonight makes her the first female Nigerian artiste to bag a Grammy. Big Tems for a reason.”

While another fan wrote: “Tems with her first Grammy win at the main categoriesHer growth is just too amazing. Big Tems for a reason! For the culture baby. Love you big.”

Meanwhile, ace Nigerian singer, Damini Ogbulu, known better as Burna Boy lost two nominations during the ceremony.

The ‘Last Last’ crooner lost in the ‘Best Global Music Album’ and the ‘Best Global Music Performance’ categories.



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