Me & You: Tems’ Single Ranked Most Inspirational Song At 2024 BET

BY Nii Ogbamey Tetteh July 1, 2024 10:30 PM EDT

Not too many African acts won the categories in which they appeared but it was a good celebration, once more, for the South African Water hitmaker and one of Nigeria’s finest divas, Tems.

Apart from Tyla emerging as Best New Artist, Shining Tems also grabbed the Best Gospel/Inspirational award for the song Me & You.

The song, released on October 5, 2023, beat competition from Gospel music giants like Kirk Franklin, Cece Williams and others. This latest recognition is another perfect endorsement for the single since it made its debut last year.

The 2024 BET Awards took place at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, June 30, 2024, with some top names in showbiz decorated.

Me & U is described as a song that delves into the depths of self-discovery. Applying her translucent voice, the rendition has resonated with audiences worldwide.

The tune reached No.34 on the UK singles chart and was also featured on former US President Obama’s 2023 playlist. In addition to other rising streaming figures, it again appeared at No.6 on the Billboard World Digital Sales Charts.

In March this year, the soulful rhythm was crowned Outstanding International Song at the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) Image Awards.

With her latest album, Born in the Wild, gaining good airplay, the 28-year-old continues to stamp her authority in the industry as her trophy wardrobe is packed with plaques.  

The Love Me Jeje singer was celebrated early this year when she grabbed the ‘Breakthrough’ award at the 2024 Billboard Women in Music Awards, becoming the first Nigerian artist to be honored at the event, which celebrates outstanding women.

She had also attained over two billion streams on Spotify, becoming the most streamed female African artiste on the platform. This and many other recognitions are a boost for her market value and personal confidence.

In May, the mesmerizing talent announced her first world for the Born in the Wild album and planned to crisscross five continents this year.