September 21, 2023

The RCA Records signee, who is yet to release any studio album, has amassed multiple awards including a Grammy. 

By Helena Olori

Nigerian fast-rising Afrobeats songwriter and singer, Tems, has clinched yet another accolade in her music career, receiving the “Songwriter of the Year” award at the 2023 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

She shares the recognition with big-league artistes such as Chris Brown and Doja Cat, affirming her lyrical prowess in the music industry.

tems bags Songwriter of the Year at the 2023 BMI RnB and Hip-Hop Awards Afrocritik

This remarkable feat comes shortly after receiving the 2023 Trailblazer Award at the 2023 ELLE Style Award.

“Sending a huge congrats to @Temsbaby on winning ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at this year’s #BMIRnBHHAwards! From ‘Free Mind’ and ‘Lift Me Up’ to ‘Wait For U,’ Tems, you did not let up! This is your fourth BMI Award! But who’s counting?” shared the organisers via a post on X, praising the artiste for a blazing career.

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Tems’ songs were recognised as some of the best-written songs of the year, alongside Chris Brown’s “Baddest”, “Come Through”, and “Under the Influence”; and Doja Cat’s tracks “Get Into It (Yuh)”, “Vegas”, and “Woman.”

Despite not having released a studio album since the outset of her musical career, the RCA Records signee has amassed multiple awards including a Grammy.

Tems for Elle Magazine 2023 Afrocritik
Tems, for ELLE Magazine

In the same spotlight, five-time Grammy award-winning rapper, Lil Wayne, was presented with the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his illustrious career spanning over 20 years and his influence on the genre. While American rapper/songwriter, Ice Spice received the BMI Impact Award.

(Read also: Virgin Music Group Establishes Nigeria Office, Appoints Olukorede Ikazoboh as Head)

The star-studded exclusive event which was held on Wednesday, September 6th at LIV Nightclub, Fontainebleau Miami, Florida, also honoured music producers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs.

BMI RnB and Hip-Hop Awards Afrocritik

Beyond the awards, the night also marked the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, paying tribute to its legacy and continued influence on music creators and fans across multiple generations.

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