Tems’ First Grammy: Tems, Beyoncé And Viola Davies With Big Records
The Grammy Awards returned last week, and again, as has been happening in recent years, Nigeria is duly represented on a night when Tems became the first Nigerian and one of two African women who won a plaque. She won the Grammy Melodic Rap category for her pristine feature in American rapper Future’s global hit song, WAIT FOR U, which also features Canadian superstar, Drake.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the memorable evening had some more records as Beyoncé became the highest-ever recipient in the award’s history—she now has 32 Grammys. Veteran Hollywood actress, Viola Davis also set a record by being the only third black woman to reach EGOT—an acronym for creatives who have won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys. Past black women who have won it are Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Hudson—status after winning the best audiobook award for her autobiography Finding Me.
One of the biggest performances of the event celebrated the upcoming 50th anniversary of hip-hop, featuring Run-DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt-N-Pepa, Flavor Flav, Queen Latifah, Big Boi of Outkast, Missy Elliott, and more running through decades of beloved hits.
Here are some of the camera-worthy looks from the night.
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