Tems performs on the Other stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. The 50th anniversary of Glastonbury’s inaugural event in 1970 was postponed twice after two cancelled events, in 2020 and 2021, due to the Covid pandemic. The festival, founded by farmer Michael Eavis, is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.

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  • Tems went viral at the Oscars after her huge gown restricted the view of fellow audience members. 
  • The singer-songwriter's "Lift Me Up," performed by Rihanna, was nominated for best original song.
  • Here are 10 things might not know about the 27-year-old star. 

She was born in Nigeria.

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Tems' rise to stardom has been rapid.
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Tems, whose real name is Temilade Openiyi, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1995 to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father.

She moved to the United Kingdom with her parents shortly after being born, but after they divorced when she was 5 years old, she returned to Nigeria with her mother.

She studied economics at college.

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According to GQ, Tems studied economics at Monash University South Africa in Johannesburg.

While at college, she wrote music in her spare time and taught herself how to make beats by watching YouTube videos.

She released her debut project in 2020.

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Tems released her debut EP "For Broken Ears" in September 2020, with its lead single "Damages" reaching No. 1 on the Nigerian Apple Music chart.

The following month, she received international acclaim for her appearance on Wizkid's "Essence," earning a Grammy nomination for best global music performance. The song was later reworked to also feature Justin Bieber.

She's since worked with superstars such as Drake, Future, and Beyoncé, but has yet to release her debut album.

She's already won a Grammy.

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Tems at this year's Grammy Awards.
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In February 2023, Tems became the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy as she won the award for best melodic rap performance alongside Drake and Future for their song "Wait for U."

The 27-year-old star has also scooped prizes at the Soul Train Music Awards, the BET Awards, and the American Music Awards.

And been nominated for an Oscar.

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As well as being a singer, Tems is also an accomplished songwriter. 

She cowrote Rihanna's hit song "Lift Me Up," which was featured on the soundtrack to 2022's "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

The song was nominated for best original song at this year's Oscars.

She lists Alicia Keys, Burna Boy, and Lauryn Hill among her inspirations.

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Burna Boy.
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"My mum wasn't a player of music, she didn't listen to music apart from Christian music," Tems told The Fader in 2020.

"Then I grew older and started getting CDs for my Walkman. I had Destiny's Child, Lil Wayne — he's like my idol — and Aaliyah. The first song I learned how to properly sing is Alicia Keys, 'If I Ain't Got You,' at 12. When I had more options of music I started listening to Burna Boy, Asa, Lauryn Hill, Adele."

She has a presidential stamp of approval.

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Barack Obama is a big fan of Tems. 

The former United States president included Wizkid's "Essence" featuring Tems on his favorite music of 2020 playlist. Last year, he also included Tems' "Vibe Out" on his summer playlist.

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