Nigerian R&B sensation, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has made this year’s TIME’s 100 Next list.
The list celebrates 100 young persons around the world making reputable feats and shaping the future across health, climate, business, sports, the arts, and more.
In her commentary on Tems, Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige compared the singer to legendary musician Nina Simone. “Tems is in a class all by herself because no other artist sounds like her. That voice is so unique and original, so much so that it reminds me of the first time I heard Nina Simone,” the American singer wrote.
“They both sing with emotion and conviction, making you feel every word they sing. I know she will make it far because she’s a talented writer, singer, and producer—my only hope for her is that she becomes one of the biggest artists of her time.”
Tems has enjoyed remarkable success since breaking into the international scene after her brilliant contribution to Wizkid’s mega-hit ‘Essence’.
She is the first Nigerian female singer to earn a Grammy award after she won the 2023 Grammy Award for “Best Melodic Rap Performance” for her contributions to Future’s ‘Wait For U’.
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