Nigerian music superstars, Tems and Wizkid bagged impressive wins at the recently concluded Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony on Monday, June 27.
On the eventful night that took place at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, Tems whose real name is Temilade Openiyi went home with two awards.
First, Tems and Wizkid alongside Canadian recording artiste, Justin Bieber received an award for ‘Best Collaboration’ for the song, ‘Essence’; with the win, ‘Essence’ has emerged as the first African song to win a BET award and Wizkid becomes the first Nigerian and African to win an Award 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.
Tems also made history at the 2022 BET awards when she became the first African female to win the Best International Category.
With her win at the 2022 BET awards, Tems joins Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy as Nigerians who have won the BET Awards.
In addition to the usual honors, Diddy was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He joins Whitney Houston, Prince, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Samuel Jackson, and many more in receiving the honor.
Check out the full list of winners 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