BET Awards 2022: Tems Bags 3 Nominations, Wizkid, Fireboy Also Recognized

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Nigerian music superstars, Tems, Wizkid and Fireboy have been nominated for BET Awards 2022. The 22nd BET Awards celebrate creative expression and Black excellence across music, TV, film, and sports.

26-year-old Afrobeats songstress, Tems earned three nominations, becoming the first ever African to attain such feet; meanwhile, Fireboy and Wizkid received two nominations each.

Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer. She rose to prominence when two of her songs reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2021, her collaboration with Drake on the song “Fountains” from his album Certified Lover Boy, and the Wizkid single “Essence”; the latter of which reached the top ten following a remix with Justin Bieber, and earned her a Grammy Award nomination.

In the same year, Tems was ranked number one on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart and number-five on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. In September 2021, Tems was signed to RCA records, and released her second EP If Orange Was a Place, which reached the top ten on the Billboard World Albums chart. In May 2022, Tems’ song, “Higher”, from her debut extended play, For Broken Ears (2020) was sampled on the single “Wait For U” by Future alongside Drake, leading her to be credited as a featured artist. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first African artist to debut at number one, and the second Nigerian artist to top the chart.

Tems was nominated for Best New Artist, Best International Act, and Best Collaboration for Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ remix featuring Justin Bieber.

Wizkid was nominated for Best Collaboration and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, while Fireboy DMl was nominated for Best International Act.

Doja Cat leads the group of nominees with six nominations, followed closely by Drake and Ari Lennox who received four each. The awards will be presented during the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26th, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Actress, Taraji P. Henson will be hosting the event and it will be broadcast live on BET at 8 p.m. ET.

Check Out The Full List Of Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Ari Lennox

Chlöe

Doja Cat

H.E.R.

Jazmine Sullivan

Mary J. Blige

Summer Walker

Best male R&B/Pop Artist

Blxst

Chris Brown

Giveon

Lucky Daye

The Weeknd

Wizkid

Yung Bleu

Best Group

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak)

Chlöe X Halle

City Girls

Lil Baby & Lil Durk

Migos

Young Dolph & Key Glock

Best Collaboration

Wizkid feat. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence”

DJ Khaled fest. Lil Baby & Lil Durk – “Every Chance I Get”

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Drake feat. Future & Young Thug – “Way 2 Sexy”

Bia feat. Nicki Minaj – “Whole Lotta Money (Remix)”

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Latto

Megan Thee Stallion

Video of the Year

Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar – “Family Ties”

Chlöe – “Have Mercy”

Doja Cat feat. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Ari Lennox – “Pressure”

Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch

Director X

Hype Williams

Missy Elliott

Best New Artist

Baby Keem

Benny the Butcher

Latto

Muni Long

Tems

Yung Bleu

Album of the Year

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic

H.E.R. – Back of My Mind

Tyler, the Creator – Call Me If You Get Lost

Drake – Certified Lover Boy

Kanye West – Donda

Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe

Doja Cat – Planet Her

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Marvin Sapp – “All In Your Hands”

Kanye West – “Come to Life”

Kelly Price – “Grace”

Fred Hammond – “Hallelujah”

H.E.R. & Tauren Wells – “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)”

Election Worship & Maverick City Music – “Jireh”

Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – “We Win”

BET Her

Alicia Keys – “Best of Me (Originals)”

Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous”
Chlöe – “Have Mercy”

Ari Lennox – “Pressure”

Jazmine Sullivan – “Roster”

Summer Walker & Ari Lennox – “Unloyal”

Doja Cat – “Woman”

Best International Act

Dave (UK)

Dinos (France)

Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Fireboy DML (Nigeria)

Little Simz (UK)

Ludmilla (Brazil)

Major League DJZ (South Africa)

Tayc (France)

Tems (Nigeria)

Best Movie

Candyman

King Richard

Respect

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Summer of Soul

The Harder They Fall

Best Actor

Adrian Holmes – Bel-Air

Anthony Anderson – Black-ish

Damson Idris – Snowfall

Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Forest Whitaker – Respect / Godfather of Harlem

Jabari Banks – Bel-Air

Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Best Actress

Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Coco Jones – Bel-Air

Issa Rae – Insecure

Jennifer Hudson – Respect

Mary J. Blige – Power Book II: Ghost

Queen Latifah – The Equalizer

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary

Regina King – The Harder They Fall

Zendaya – Euphoria / Spider-Man: No Way Home

Youngstars Award

Akira Akbar

Demi Singleton

Miles Brown

Saniyya Sidney

Storm Reid

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Brittney Griner

Candace Parker

Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams

Sha’Carri Richardson

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

Aaron Donald

Bubba Wallace

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ja Morant

LeBron James

Stephen Curry

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