Tems first African woman to win BET Awards, beats Fireboy DML [Winners List]

By Nimot Sulaimon

Temilade Openiyi, professionally known as Tems, wins the Best International Act at the 2022 BET Awards, beating Fireboy DML and six others

Nigerian singer, Temilade Openiyi, who is professionally known as Tems, has won the Best International Act at the 2022 BET Awards.

She made history on Sunday night as she became the first African woman to win in the category.

Her hit collaboration “Essence” with Wizkid shot her to international prominence in 2021.

Essence was tagged the “summer song of the year 2021”, earning a remix with Canadian singer Justin Bieber.

Tems defeated Dave (UK), Dinos (France), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Fireboy DML (Nigeria), Little Simz (UK), Ludmilla (Brazil), Major League DJz (South Africa) and Tayc (France).

Receiving the award, she said “Thank you so much for this, thank you so much.

“It’s an honour… I mean, this is my first award show that I’m winning something and I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home.

“Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen.”

All the winners:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
ARI LENNOX
CHLÖE
DOJA CAT
H.E.R.
JAZMINE SULLIVAN (WINNER)
MARY J. BLIGE
SUMMER WALKER

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
BLXST
CHRIS BROWN
GIVĒON
LUCKY DAYE
THE WEEKND (WINNER)
WIZKID
YUNG BLEU

Best Group
BRUNO MARS, ANDERSON .PAAK, SILK SONIC
CHLÖE X HALLE
CITY GIRLS
LIL BABY & LIL DURK
MIGOS
YOUNG DOLPH & KEY GLOCK

Best Collaboration
ESSENCE – WIZKID FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER & TEMS (WINNER)
EVERY CHANCE I GET – DJ KHALED FEAT. LIL BABY & LIL DURK
FAMILY TIES – BABY KEEM & KENDRICK LAMAR
KISS ME MORE – DOJA CAT FEAT. SZA
WAY 2 SEXY – DRAKE FEAT. FUTURE & YOUNG THUG
WHOLE LOTTA MONEY (REMIX) – BIA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
CARDI B
DOJA CAT
LATTO
MEGAN THEE STALLION
NICKI MINAJ
SAWEETIE

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
DRAKE…

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