Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi popularly known Tems has set a new record for Nigerian music at the 65th edition of the prestigious Grammy Awards 2023.
She bagged her first Grammy award in the 2023 ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category for her vocal and writing contribution to the smashing hit ‘Wait For U’ by Future featuring Drake and herself, making it her first Grammy award win after four nominations.
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).
The Grammy has long eluded mainstream Nigerian artists but in 2021 when Burna Boy took home the award for Best Global Music Album for his album Twice as Tall, more artists have strived to clinch the golden gramophone. With Tems win, Nigerians took to social media to express the hope that indeed it’s the time for Afrobeats.