On Sunday night, Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, won her first Grammy. Best Rap Melodic Performance went to Tems, who collaborated with Drake on Future’s “Wait for You.” Additionally, the song received a nomination for Best Rap Song.
Tems is the second female musician of Nigerian descent to win a Grammy, following Sade Adu, a British-Nigerian singer.
When Sade won the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1986, it was her first Grammy Award.
Burna Boy, who has a Grammy win of his own, did not receive either of the two nominations for which he was a part.
He was nominated for prizes for Best Global Music Album and Best Global Music Performance for his albums “Love Damini” and “Last Last,” respectively. The albums “Sakura” by Japanese singer Masa Takumi and “Bayethe” by Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikode were chosen as the champions in these categories, respectively.
The Grammy Awards’ opening ceremony featured the announcement of the winners.
“I’m your biggest fan,” DJ Khaled to Tems
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Since Burna Boy won the Grammy in 2021 for Best Global Music Album with his album Twice as Tall, more mainstream Nigerian singers have aimed to win the coveted golden gramophone.
Following Tems’ victory, Nigerians took to social media to express their optimism that Afrobeats is finally ready to make a bigger impact.