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Tems

Temilade Openiyi

Full Name: Temilade Openiyi
Stage Name: Tems
Date of Birth: 11 June 1995.
Genres: R&B, Afrobeats, Alté, Alternative R&B
Years active: 2018 – Present.
Nationality: Nigerian
Labels: RCA Records, Leading Vibes.
Residence: Lagos
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer, actress.
Instagram: temsbaby

Tems also known as Tems Baby is a Nigerian singer and songwriter known for her unique style of Afrobeat music. Born and raised in Nigeria, she began her music career at a young age and has since established herself as one of the most promising young talents in the Nigerian music scene.

Early Life and Education

Tems was born on June 11, 1995, in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father. After her birth, she moved with her family to the UK, but returned to Nigeria at the age of 5 after her parents’ divorce. Tems grew up in Ilupeju and later lived in Lekki and Ajah.

During Tems’ school years, she attended Dowen College for secondary education and then completed tertiary studies at Monash South Africa. It was during this period that her musical capabilities were noticed by her music teacher. This enabled her to further hone her piano playing skills. She also honed her singing abilities by practicing with her brother, who would accompany her on guitar.

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Musical Career

Tems first gained recognition for her powerful voice and captivating stage presence, and soon began to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the industry. She rose to prominence after she was featured on Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence,” which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 after the release of a remixed version with an additional feature from Justin Bieber, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination. That same year, she was featured on Drake’s song, “Fountains.”

She has since released several hit songs and has become known for her ability to blend traditional Afrobeat sounds with modern pop elements, creating a unique and engaging sound that has captured the hearts of audiences both in Nigeria and around the world. On 25 September 2020, she released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. Tems released her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place (2021), after being signed to RCA Records. In 2022, Tems’ vocals from her song “Higher” were sampled by Future on his single, “Wait for U”, which led to her being credited as a featured artist alongside Drake on the song. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first African artist to debut at number one and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart. The song earned her the Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance.

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Tems’ Songs

Tems has released a good number of songs since her debut single. Some of them include:
• Mr Rebel
• Looku Looku
• Try Me
• Come Inn
• These Days
• If U then I
• Oldschool
• Plunge Down the Cascades
• Cruising
• Epiphany
• Diss for Lil’ProkS
• Ultra Happiness
• Ghost Detain
• Love Me Down
• Falling
• Twisted Tilde
• Tales By Moonlight
• Time Swap
• Good Time
• Drop
• Skills
• Too Bad

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Albums and EP 

• Illumination
• Time Swap EP

Awards and Nominations

BET Award for Best International Act

2022

BET Award for Best Collaboration

2022 · Essence

The Headies Award for Best Collabo

2022 · Essence

South African Music Award for Rest of Africa Artist

2022 · If Orange Was a Place

Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance

2023 · WAIT FOR U

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video

2022 · Essence

Soul Train Music Award for Best Collaboration

2021 · Essence

Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist

2022

The Headies Award for Best R&B Single

2022 · Essence

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Song

2022 · Essence

American Music Award for Favorite Song Rap/Hip-hop

2022 · WAIT FOR U

The Headies Award for Best Female Artiste

2022

The Headies Award for Best R&B Album

2022 · If Orange Was a Place

The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music (Endowed by Infinix)

2022

The Headies Award for Song of the Year

2022 · Essence

BET Hip Hop Award for Best Collaboration

2022 · WAIT FOR U

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