Tems Makes 2023 TIME Magazine’s Next 100 List

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Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tems, has received a nod by TIME magazine as a leading voice in the international music industry.

Born Temilade Openiyi, the music star was named as one of the people “who have achieved peak influence in their fields” in the 2023 TIME’s Next 100 list published on Wednesday.

Writing for the magazine, Grammy-winning singer, Mary J. Blige, compared Tems to legendary musician, Nina Simone, because they both “sing with emotion and conviction”.

Blige also expressed hope that Tems will one day become one of the biggest artistes of her time.

”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. They both sing with emotion and conviction, making you feel every word they sing.”

Tems has enjoyed remarkable success since breaking into the international scene after her brilliant contribution to Wizkid’s mega-hit ‘Essence’.

She became 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’.

The Oscar-nominee also became the first Nigerian artist to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

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