A well-known musician from Nigeria, Tems, unfortunately did not win the Best Original Song award at the prestigious 2023 Oscars ceremony. This was a significant moment for the Nigerian entertainment industry, as Tems marked the first-ever Nigerian artist to receive an Oscar nomination.
The ceremony, which was the 95th edition of the Oscars Academy Awards, saw Tems nominated for her work as a songwriter on the track ‘Lift Me Up,’ featured in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’ However, despite her groundbreaking nomination, she was unable to secure a win.
The category had other deserving nominees such as Diane Warren for the song ‘Applause’ from ‘Tell It like a Woman,’ Lady Gaga and BloodPop for ‘Hold My Hand’ from ‘Top Gun Maverick,’ and Ryan Lott, David Byrne, and Mitski for ‘This Is a Life’ from ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once.’
Ultimately, the Oscar for Best Original Song went to the track ‘Naatu Naatu’ from the Indian movie ‘RRR,’ composed by MM Keeravani, with lyrics by Chandrabose and vocals by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava.