USA. JM | Feb 21, 2023

Tems wins NAACP award with cover of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’

Tamoy Ashman

Tamoy Ashman / Our Today

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Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, known professionally as Tems.

Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, known professionally as Tems took home the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Song for her cover of Bob Marley’s iconic reggae song No Woman No Cry.

The announcement was made on Monday (February 20), during night one of the 54th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Tems’ Bob Marley cover gained international recognition last year when it appeared in an emotional scene during the trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to Marvel’s Black Panther film. The film was later released on November 11, 2022.

For the second year in a row, the 27-year-old walked away with the NAACP award for Outstanding International song, having won in 2022 alongside WizKid and Justin Bieber for their song Essence. Koffee’s Lockdown had won the award in 2021.

Also nominated for the same category was Jamaican singer Shenseea for Diana, a collaborative song with Chris Brown and Nigerian singer Fireboy. Additionally, Burna Boy’s Last Last, Wizkid’s Bad To Me and Stand Strong by Davido and Sunday Service Choir were nominated.

No Woman No Cry from Bob Marley and the Wailers was released in 1974 with the Natty Dread album. It returned to the Billboard charts to claim the number one spot on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales through Tems’ cover.

The NAACP Image Awards is an annual event presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) to recognize exceptional performances, predominantly by black people in various forms of media, including film, television, theatre, music, and literature.


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