Tems Secures First Oscar Nomination

Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems has secured a nomination at the 2023 Oscars. The Nigerian songstress is recognized for her work on the song “Lift Me Up” from Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.

“Lift Me Up,” served as the lead single for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack and was a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challain the previous installment of the movie but passed away in 2020 after battling colon cancer.

Last year, Tems – who co-wrote the song with Rihanna revealed that she drew inspiration for the song from people who were once in her life, but had passed away.

“After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them,” Tems said. “Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.”

The track marked Rihanna’s return to music after a lengthy hiatus. In late October, Marvel began hinting that the Fenty Beauty mogul might be featured on a project for the movie. On Oct. 25, they caused pandemonium on social media after releasing a 15-second promo clip with the title Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Next, the title faded and only the letter “R” was left. The date “10.28.22” appeared under the letter, which fans believed was a clue that the “Diamonds” singer was up to something special. The Black Panther sequel was released on Nov. 11, 2022 and indeed featured the “Love On the Brain” artist on the soundtrack.

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios’ Twitter account was sure to shine a light on all of the talented individuals who made the project a success. “Congratulations to Tems, Rihanna, Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson on their Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song ‘Lift Me Up’ for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: #WakandaForever! #OscarNoms,” they shared.

The Academy also sent out a tweet highlighting other films in the category: Tell It Like a WomanTop Gun: MaverickRRR and Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The Academy Awards are set for March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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