On Monday, June 7, 2021, it was announced that Nigerian singer, Tems was nominated in the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act category at the 2021 BET Awards.
She was nominated alongside South African R&B singer, Elaine; British acts; Arlo Parks and Bree Runway, who are both rappers and singers. In January 2020 and January 2021, Arlo Parks and Bree Runaway were named as part of NME‘s 100 Essential Artist list.
French acts, Bramsito and Ronisia as well as Brazilian, MC Dricka were also nominated on the list.
The full nominations were announced on May 27, 2021, and Nigerian superstars, Wizkid, Burna Boy were nominated in the Best New International Act category which Burna Boy has won in the last two years. For Tems, this comes after a stellar year where ‘Essence,’ her collaboration with Wizkid has been making the rounds across the world.
John Legend’s “Ordinary People” cover
Tems also dropped a cover for John Legend’s 2004 hit song, Ordinary People.
According to her, she was asked to do the cover by Apple Music and it’s her honor for her doing the iconic song from one of the world’s most revered singers.
Apple Music is marking the Black freedom day and calls it the Apple Juneteenth-inspired freedom songs which is a collection of covers and originals.
And the global music streaming platform picked Tems for the cover of Ordinary People which resonated with her because of its simplicity and potency.
For her, freedom is important for every people and individual which is why when she learned of a special day put together to celebrate the freedom of Black people in the U.S, she was excited about it.
Listen to Tems Ordinary People cover below: