Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as tems, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence after being featured on Wizkid's 2020 single “Essence“, which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of the remix version with Justin Bieber. The song earned her a Grammy Award nomination. That same year, she was featured on the song “Fountains” by Drake.
In 2020, tems released her debut extended play, For Broken Ears. Then Her second extended play, If Orange Was a Place (2021), was released after she signed a record deal with RCA Records. In 2022, tems‘ vocals from her song “Higher” were sampled by Future on his single, “Wait for U“, which led to her being credited as a featured artist alongside Drake on the song. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first African artist to debut at number one and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart. The song earned her the Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance. tems covered Bob Marley‘s “No Woman, No Cry” for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack album in July 2022 and in the same month, her song “Free Mind” from her debut EP which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100.
Throughout her career, tems has received many accolades, including a Grammy Award, two NAACP Image Awards, three BET Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards. She also co-wrote the song “Lift Me Up” by Rihanna, which earned her nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.