Tems and Wizkid, two of the biggest names in Nigerian music, took home stunning victories at the recently held Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards presentation on Monday, June 27.
Tems, whose true name is Temilade Openiyi, left the dramatic night at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles with two awards.
First, Tems, Wizkid, and Justin Bieber got a prize for “Best Collaboration” for their song “Essence.” This makes “Essence” the first African song to win a BET award, and Wizkid the first Nigerian and African to gain a prize outside the Best International Acts category.
Moments later, Tems emerged as the winner of the Best International Act.
The Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer was nominated with other talented acts such as Fireboy, Dave from the UK, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France.
As the first African woman to win the Best International Category at the 2022 BET Awards, Tems also made history.
Tems becomes the fifth Nigerian to win a BET Award with her victory at the 2022 BET Awards, following Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy.
Diddy received the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to the customary accolades. He shares the accolade with many other luminaries, including Whitney Houston, Prince, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Samuel Jackson, and many more.
See the complete list of winners down below.
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Jazmine Sullivan — WINNER
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
The Weeknd – WINNER
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) – WINNER
Wizkid f. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence” – WINNER
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smokin Out The Window” – WINNER
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Anderson .Paak – WINNER
BEST NEW ARTIST
Latto — WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic – WINNER
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – “We Win” – WINNER
Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous” – WINNER
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER
King Richard – WINNER
Will Smith – “King Richard” – WINNER
Zendaya – “Euphoria” / “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – WINNER
Marsai Martin — WINNER
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Naomi Osaka – WINNER
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Stephen Curry – WINNER