Tems: Understanding how a BET win will pulsate her career

Tems: Understanding how a BET win will pulsate her career

Tems, born Temilade Openiyi is one of the most talented recording artistes in the Nigerian music industry.


Since her emergence in 2018; she has continued to reveal why she deserves to become an icon in the music sphere.


Though she is yet to win a major award, a BET Award victory can transition her career within a twinkle of an eye. The ‘Try Me’ crooner will be looking to a BET Award win on Monday, June 28.


This is one of the most quintessential moments in her music career.




Tems will be looking to replicate the success of Grammy winners, Wizkid and Burna Boy at the upcoming Black Entertainment Television Award ceremony on Monday, the aforementioned Afrobeats icons are both recipients of BET Awards. The 26-year-old multi-talented songstress will be looking to attain new feet in her music career.


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In 2019, Tems gained mainstream exposure courtesy of the breakthrough single, ‘Try Me’.



The single aided the singer-songwriter to become a sensation with immediate effect courtesy of her melancholy vibes, introspective lyrics, and agitation for freedom of expression.


‘Try Me’ became an anthem, a year where Naira Marley was the rave of the moment and youths were acclimatizing to the lover boy lyricism of Fireboy Boy and JoeBoy, Tems was in a world of her own.


A self-taught keyboardist/pianist and guitarist, the singer originally came into the music industry in 2015. It was not until 2018 that she slowly began to gain modest notoriety with the single, ‘Mr. Rebel’.


The theme and tone of her music differed from her contemporary, Tems’ music was dark and it came from a place of seeking confidence and satisfaction in oneself.


‘Mr Rebel’ was alright, however, it was ‘Try Me’ that quickly set her apart.


As of Sunday, June 27, the music for ‘Try me’ has garnered 6.7 million views on the video-sharing platform, YouTube.


Tems’ career has continued to experience rapid growth, working with Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ indeed put her on a global scale and her debut solo project, For Broken Ears released in 2020 helped to stretch and define her artistry. The ‘Damages’ crooner is in a class of her own, however, like a cake without icing, Tems’ career seems incomplete without an award.



Although she is still very young, there is a lot that a BEt Award would do in beautifying her work as an artiste.

Recall earlier in the year, she missed out on the ‘Next Rated Award’ at the 2020 Headies Awards. Omah Lay is equally awesome as an artiste, hence, there are no debates about who deserved the award.


On Monday, June 7, a BET nomination came knocking on Tems’ door.


She was nominated alongside South African R&B singer, Elaine; British acts; Arlo Parks and Bree Runway, who are both rappers and singers.


French acts, Bramsito and Ronisia as well as Brazilian, MC Dricka were also nominated on the list.


What will a BET Award do for Tems?

Davido with his BET Award


Her senior colleagues, Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, etc are BET recipients. The win pulsated their worth to a global scale; becoming one of the most marketable celebrities across Africa.


Following the recent success of Wizkid and Burna Boy at the 63rd Grammy Award ceremony, Nigerians are beginning to believe that all things are possible, however, there is intense work to be done. Tems has everything that it takes to become a mainstream act; however, she needs to garner wins here and there to be internationally acclaimed.


A BET Award win would see international labels; such as Atlantic Records and Universal Music Group start chasing the signature of the 26-year-old maverick.


A victory on Monday would be fascinating as it would mark the commencement of a legendary music career for an artiste who enjoys thinking outside the box. Meanwhile, a loss would continue Tems’ abysmal record as an award nominee, let’s hope that changes this time.

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