Tems Becomes First Nigerian female artiste to bag Grammy; Viola Davis and Beyonce Make Big Historical Wins

By Duchess Magazine

The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony was held on March 14, 2023, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, USA, and it was a night to remember for Nigerian singer, Tems, and American actress, Viola Davis.

Tems made history as the first Nigerian female artist to win a Grammy Award, taking home the award for her part in Future’s hit single ‘Wait For U’ under the award category for ‘Best Melodic Rap performance’. The 27-year-old artiste’s win is a testament to the talent and hard work of Nigerian musicians, and a proud moment for Nigeria and Africa as a whole. In her acceptance speech, Tems thanked her fans, family, and the music industry, and dedicated her award to the next generation of African musicians.

Sade Adu, who won the Grammy for ‘Best new artist’ in 1986, and Cynthia Erivo, who bagged ‘Best theatre Album’ in 2017, were British-Nigerians

The Afrobeats singer has added this to her list of accomplishments following her Africa Future awards win and her Oscar nomination.

Viola Davis also made history by becoming the 18th person to achieve the EGOT – winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. She completed her collection by winning Best Audio Book for her autobiography, “Finding Me”. In her acceptance speech, Davis thanked her family for being “the best chapter in my book”.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé became the most-awarded artist in Grammy history. The 41-year-old arrived at the ceremony with a bang, winning in four categories including Best R&B Song, Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Album, and Best Traditional R&B Performance. With her latest win, Beyoncé has now won a total of 32 Grammy Awards.

The singer took the stage to accept her award for Best Dance/Electronic Album with a mixture of emotions. “I’m trying not to be too emotional. I’m trying to just receive this night,” she said, before paying tribute to her husband and the queer community for their love and support.

While Beyoncé was the biggest winner in the R&B category, Harry Styles took home the biggest prize of the night, winning Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for “Harry’s House”. The singer was gracious in his acceptance speech, thanking the other nominees and acknowledging that awards like these don’t come often to people like him.

The premiere ceremony of the Grammy Awards saw other notable winners, including rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, who won two awards for his latest album, “Patient Number Nine”, and British indie duo Wet Leg, who received two awards for their album and single, “Chaise Longue”.

The main ceremony of the Grammy Awards, hosted by comedian Trevor Noah, saw performances from Harry Styles, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, and Sam Smith. There were also rumors of two pop megastars performing at the show, with Noah teasing, “One of your favorite performers is a woman, and that woman is going to be performing at the Grammys…And you’re going, ‘Oh, but that could be anyone.’ But you know, it’s not anyone, though, because you’ve been listening to their album the whole year and it’s been huge.” Could it be Adele or Beyoncé? We’ll have to wait and see.

Here is the full list of winners at the 2023 Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year: “Levitating” – Dua Lipa

Album of the Year: “The Heights” – Taylor Swift

Song of the Year: “Levitating” – Dua Lipa

Best New Artist: Greta Van Fleet

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Levitating” – Dua Lipa

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles

Best Rock Performance: “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album: “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” – Fiona Apple

Best R&B Performance: “Black Parade” – Beyoncé

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Golden Hour” – Khalid

Best Rap Performance: “Levitating (Remix)” – DaBaby ft. Dua Lipa

Best Rap Song: “Levitating (Remix)” – DaBaby ft. Dua Lipa

Best Rap Album: “King’s Disease” – Nas

Best Country Album: “Wildcard” – Miranda Lambert

Best Global Music Album: “For Broken Ears” – Tems

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Bubba” – Kaytranada

Best Metal Performance: “Bum-Rush” – Body Count ft. Ice-T

Best Rock Song: “Shame Shame” – Foo Fighters

Best Rock Album: “The New Abnormal” – The Strokes

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Joseph Omoniyi

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