Tems becomes first Nigerian singer to bag Oscar nomination

Tems becomes first Nigerian singer to bag Oscar nomination

By Elsie Udoh

Afrobeat singer, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has received her first-ever Oscar nomination for co-writing the theme song, ‘Lift me Up’ of the blockbuster movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

The Academy Awards released a list containing the full Oscar Nominations on Tuesday, which saw the song listed in the “Best Original Song” category alongside “Hold my Hand” written by Lady Gaga and three other songs.

The song “Lift Me Up” also featured other writers like Rihanna, Ludwig Goransson and Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler.

This nomination places Tems as the first Nigerian singer to be nominated for the Oscars awards.

Recall Tems bagged a nomination for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards in the Best Original Score in a Motion Picture category, all thanks to the Black Panther II theme song.

Just recently, American rapper Snoop Dogg publicly asked Tems for a music collaboration.

Meanwhile, the 95th Oscars is set to hold on March 12, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, United States.


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