Tems Biography: 20 things you need to know about Nigerian first female Grammy winner Temilade Openiyi


20 things you need to know about Nigerian first female Grammy winner Temilade Openiyi also Know as has been highlighted here on Ejes Gist News.

Temilade Openiyi, also known as Tems, is the first female Nigerian musician to win a Grammy.

Tem won the award for ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ on Sunday night for her part in ‘Wait for U,’ the hit song by Future and Drake from 2022.


Here are some facts about Tems:

1. The birth date of Tems is June 11, 1995.

2. She’s 27 years old.


3 . Tems quit her job in 2018 to pursue a career in music.

4. She began learning self-production skills on YouTube, and on July 18, 2018, she released her self-produced debut single, “Mr. Rebel.”

5. The 7th of August, 2019 marked the release of her single “Try Me.”


6. DJ Edu selected her as one of the “ten artists to watch” in 2020.

7. On April 23, 2020, Tems and fellow Nigerian singer Davido were featured on a remix of “Know Your Worth” by American singer-songwriter Khalid and English electronic music duo Disclosure.

8. She rose to prominence after being featured on Wizkid’s top-ten Billboard Hot 100 single “Essence” from the year 2020.


9. The remixed version of Essence featuring Justin Bieber earned her a nomination for a Grammy Award.

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10. She was featured on the song “Fountains” by Drake.


11.On September 25, 2020, she released For Broken Ears, her debut extended play.

12. Upon signing with RCA Records in 2021, Tems released her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place (2021).

13. Tems’ vocals from her song “Higher” were sampled by Future on his single “Wait for U” in 2022, resulting in her being listed as a featured artist alongside Drake.


14. This made her the first African artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart.

15. The Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance went to her for this song.

16. Tems covered “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, which was released in July 2022.


17. In the same month of July, her debut EP’s single “Free Mind” debuted on the Hot 100.

18. She co-wrote the Rihanna song “Lift Me Up,” which earned her nominations for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

19. On 14 December 2020, Tems and fellow Nigerian singer Omah Lay were arrested in Uganda following a performance.


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20.  The Ugandan police cited a violation of COVID-19 lockdown protocols as the reason for their arrests, but the two artists believed they had been set up. Two days later, the government of Uganda released them, apologised for their arrests, and dropped the charges.

Tems has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including a Grammy Award, two NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, and two Soul Train Music Awards.




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