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Temilade Openiyi, better known by her stage name Tems, is a Nigerian singer. On Sunday night, she won her first Grammy Award.
Tems won the award for “Best Rap Melodic Performance.” She was on Future’s song “Wait for You” with Drake. The song was also up for the award for “Best Rap Song.”
Sade Adu, a British-Nigerian singer, and Tems are the only two women with Nigerian roots to have won a Grammy.
Sade won the Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” in 1986 and took it home with her.
Burna Boy, who has also won a Grammy, didn’t win either of the two nominations he was up for. His album “Love Damini” and his song “Last Last” were both up for “Best Global Music Album” and “Best Global Music Performance” awards. Masa Takumi, a Japanese musician, won for his album “Sakura,” and Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode won for their album “Bayethe.” The winners were revealed during the opening night ceremony of the Grammy Awards.
Nigerian mainstream musicians haven’t won a Grammy in a long time, but after Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album award for his album “Twice as Tall” in 2021, more musicians have tried to win the golden gramophone.
Nigerians took to social media after Tems’ win to say that they hope Afrobeats will get more attention.