Tems Biography, Wikipedia, Real Name, Career, Height, Boyfriend, Mother, Family, Net Worth, Age
Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence after being featured on Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence”, which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of the remix version with Justin Bieber. The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination.
Tems Personal Details
Birth name: Temilade Openiyi
Also known as: Tems Baby
Born: 11 June 1995 (age 27) Lagos, Nigeria
Genres: R&B Afrobeats Alté, Alternative R&B
Occupations: Singer songwriter, record producer
Years active: 2018–present
Labels: RCA Records, Leading Vibes
Temilade Openiyi was born on 11 June 1995, in Lagos, Nigeria, to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father. Shortly after being born, she moved to the United Kingdom from Nigeria, but returned to the latter country at the age of 5 following her parents’ divorce. Tems resided in Ilupeju before moving to Lekki and later Ajah. Tems attended Dowen College for her secondary education and Monash South Africa for her tertiary education. At school, she was noticed by her music teacher and learned to play the piano. She practised singing with her brother and often used his guitar accompaniment.
In 2018, Tems quit her job to pursue a career in music. She began to learn self production skills on YouTube and on 18 July 2018, she released her debut single, “Mr Rebel”, a song which she produced by herself. On 7 August 2019, she released the single “Try Me”. In 2020, DJ Edu chose her as one of “ten artists to watch” that year. On 23 April 2020, Tems was featured alongside fellow Nigerian singer
Davido on a reworked version of American singer-songwriter Khalid and English electronic music duo Disclosure’s single, “Know Your Worth”.
On 25 September 2020, Tems released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. It was produced primarily by her and the single “Damages” from the EP became another follow up hit to “Try Me”, peaking at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music chart and number six on the then-newly launched TurnTable Top 50 chart and garnering five million views on YouTube. On 30 October 2020, Tems was featured on fellow Nigerian singer Wizkid’s single, “Essence”, from the latter’s fourth studio album, Made in Lagos. The song earned her a number one spot on BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart, and also earned her first career entry on Billboard Hot 100 at number 9. Tems won a Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance. On 8 November 2020, Tems was included in The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020.
Tems Legal issues
On 14 December 2020, Tems was arrested alongside fellow Nigerian singer Omah Lay after they performed in a show in Uganda. The Ugandan police authority identified violation of COVID-19 lockdown protocols as the reason for their arrests, but the two artists felt they were set up. Two days later, the Ugandan government released them, apologised for the arrests, and dropped the charges.
Awards and nominations
On February 5, 2023, Tems won a Best Melodic Rap Performance Grammy for her collaboration on “Wait For U” with Future and Drake. That same month, she won the Female MVP award at the Soundcity MVP Awards held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos.
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