Tems Becomes the Second Female Nigerian to Win a Grammy Award

Tems becomes the second female Nigerian to win a Grammy Award, after Nigerian-born British singer Sade Adu.


Temilade Openiyi, known professionally as Tems @temsbaby just added “Grammy Award Winner” to her growing list of accolades. She won her first Grammy Award at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, making the second Female Nigerian to win the award after Sade Adu who won in 1986.

Helen Folashade Adu known professionally as Sade Adu @sadeadu_ was the first female Nigerian singer to win a Grammy Award for the Best New Artist category. Although she was born in Ibadan, she is originally from Ikere Ekiti and was raised in Essex. Earlier this year, Sade @sade was inducted into the songwriters hall of fame.

Tems won the “Best Melodic Rap Performance” category on Sunday night for her role in “Wait For U”, the 2022 hit song by Future ft. Drake and herself.

Others nominated in the same category included DJ Khaled Ft. Future & SZA (Beautiful), Jack Harlow (First Class), Kendrick Lamar Ft. Blxst & Amanda Reifer (Die Hard) and Latto – Big Energy (Live).

With the announcement came excitement from Tem’s fans and colleagues on social media. Female Music A-listers Tiwa Savage, Omawunmi, and Waje congratulated the 27-year old on her win, with each sharing pictures of her.

A fan, @shawnifee wrote, “Tems’ growth through the years has been mind blowing. Now she’s won a Grammy, becoming the first Nigerian female act to win the Award. Big Tems herself!”

Adesua Etomi-Wellington tweeted “God abeg, continue to do it for Tems baby. Let the success continue to choke. Thank you. Amen.” There was also the awe-inspiring moment when @djkhaled told Tems that he was her biggest fan when they met on the red carpet of the event.

Our celebrity of the celebrities, we are proud of you @temsbaby


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