Tems (singer)

Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), better known by her stage name Tems,[1] is a Nigerian singer. In 2021, she earned two US top 40 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, with her collaboration with Drake on the song "Fountains" from his album Certified Lover Boy, and the Wizkid single "Essence"; the latter of which reached the top ten following a remix with Justin Bieber, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination.

Young woman smiling
Background information
Birth nameTemilade Openiyi
Born (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 26)
Lagos, Nigeria
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
  • Leading Vibes
  • RCA
Associated acts

In the same year, Tems was ranked number one on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart[2] and number-five on the Billboard Emerging Artist chart.[3] In September 2021, Tems was signed to RCA records, and released her second EP If Orange Was a Place, which reached the top ten on the Billboard World Albums chart.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Temilade Openiyi was born on 11 June 1995 in Lagos, Nigeria.[5] Born to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father, Tems' family moved to the United Kingdom shortly after birth. Her parents divorced when she was five. Tems relocated to Nigeria with her mother, they resided in ilupeju before moving to Lekki then Ajah.[6] Tems attended Dowen College before proceeding to South Africa for her Tertiary education.[5] At school, she was noticed by her music teacher and she learned to play the piano. She would practice singing with her brother's guitar accompaniment.[7]


2018–2019: Career beginnings, Mr Rebel and Try MeEdit

In 2018 Tems quit her job to pursue a career in music, she recorded "Mr Rebel", a song of her own composition.[7] In August 2019, she released the single "Try Me" which became a hit track.[8] In 2020, DJ Edu chose her as one of "ten artists to watch" that year.[9] She was recruited that year by American singer Khalid to join him and fellow Nigerian Davido on an Afrobeats remix of "Know Your Worth".[10]

2020–present: For Broken Ears, Essence and If Orange Was a PlaceEdit

On 25 September 2020, Tems released her debut extended play For Broken Ears, it was produced primarily by Tems and her single "Damages" from the EP became another follow up hit to "Try Me", peaking at number one on the Apple Music Nigeria and number six on the then-newly launched TurnTable Top 50 chart and garnering five million views on YouTube. In 2020, her collaboration with Wizkid on their song "Essence" earned her a number one spot on BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart.[11][12] and also earned her first career entry on Billboard Hot 100[13]

On 8 November 2020, she was included in The Future Awards Africa: Class of 2020.[14]

In December 2020, Tems and fellow Nigerian artist Omah Lay were arrested in Uganda after a live performance at a show for violating COVID-19 lockdown safety laws by the Ugandan Police authority. Two days later, they were released and the charges were dropped.[15]

On 2 September 2021, it was announced on billboards in Lagos that Tems was set to feature on rapper Drake's Certified Lover Boy album. her collaboration with Drake on the song "Fountains" earned her her second Billboard Hot 100 entry debuting at number twenty six.[16][17]

On 15 September 2021, Tems released her second extended play titled If Orange Was a Place, primarily produced by GuiltyBeatz and supported by the single "Crazy Tings" which peaked at number three on the UK Afrobeats chart,[18][19] it debuted at number seven on the Billboard World Albums chart[20] and number nine on the Heatseekers Album chart.[21] her collaboration with Brent Faiyaz on the song "Found" from the EP debuted at number seventeen on the Hot R&B Songs chart,[22] number thirty three on the New Zealand hot singles chart[23] and number one on the UK Afrobeats Chart.[19]



List of extended plays with selected details
Title EP details
For Broken Ears
If Orange Was a Place
  • Released: 15 September 2021
  • Label: Since '93, RCA
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming


List of singles released as a lead artist, with selected details
Year Title Albums
2018 "Mr Rebel"[24] Non-album singles
2019 "Looku Looku"[25]
"Try Me"
2020 "These Days"[26]
"Damages" For Broken Ears
2021 "Crazy Tings" If Orange Was a Place

Charted singlesEdit

List of charted singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

(Wizkid featuring Tems)
2021 15 16 9 3 Made in Lagos

Other charted songsEdit

List of charted songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


(Drake featuring Tems)
2021 [A] 26 18 2 Certified Lover Boy
(featuring Brent Faiyaz)
33 [B] 17 If Orange Was a Place

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee/Work Result Ref
2019 The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) "Mr Rebel" Nominated [38]
Best Alternative Song Nominated
2020 City People Music Award Next Rated Artiste (Female) Herself Nominated [39][40]
The Headies Next Rated Nominated [41]
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music Nominated [42]
2021 BET Awards Best New International Act Nominated [43][44]
MTV Africa Music Award Best Breakthrough Act Pending [45]
Net Honours Most Played Alternative Song "Damages" Won [46]
All Africa Music Awards Best Female Artist in Western Africa Herself Nominated [47][48][49]
Best African Collaboration "Essence"

(Wizkid featuring Tems)

Song of the Year Won
Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul Nominated
"Damages" Nominated
Breakout Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
African Entertainment Awards USA Best Female Artist Pending [50]
Artist of the Year Pending
Best Female Artist - Central/West Africa Pending
Best Collaboration "Essence"

(Wizkid featuring Tems)

Best Video Pending
Song of the Year Pending
MTV Europe Music Awards Best African Act Herself Nominated [51]
Soul Train Music Awards Best Collaboration "Essence"

(Wizkid featuring Tems)

Won [52][53]
Video of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Nominated
Best New Artist Herself Nominated
2022 Grammy Awards Best Global Music Performance "Essence"

(Wizkid featuring Tems)

Pending [54]


  1. ^ "Fountains" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, as chart rules only allow three songs per artist to chart within the top one hundred at a time, but peaked at number 23 on the UK Streaming Chart.[37]
  2. ^ "Found" did not enter the UK singles chart but peaked at number one on the UK Afrobeats chart


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Tems at Wikimedia Commons