Nigerian sensation Temilade Openiyi, famously known as Tems, has added another accolade to her impressive collection by winning the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the 2024 BET Awards. Tems emerged victorious in a highly competitive category, surpassing celebrated artists such as Shirley Caesar (“Award All of the Glory”), Kirk Franklin (“All Things” and “Try Love”), Halle Bailey (“Angel”), CeCe Winans (“Come Jesus Come”), Erica Campbell (“Do You Believe in Love?”), and Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore (“God Problems”).

Tems’ win with her inspiring song “Me & U” highlights her versatility and talent in blending gospel and contemporary sounds. The Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award, renamed in 2017 from its original title Best Gospel Artist, is a prestigious honour recognizing urban contemporary gospel artists. The winner is selected based on both sales and the overall quality of their content released within the eligibility period.

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Tems’ achievement places her in the ranks of previous winners, including the legendary Kirk Franklin, who holds the record for the most wins in this category with six awards. Her win at the BET Awards underscores her influence and impact on the music industry, particularly in the gospel and inspirational genres.

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The BET Awards have long celebrated excellence in music, entertainment, and culture, and Tems’ latest victory cements her status as a leading figure in the contemporary gospel music scene. Her ability to connect with audiences through heartfelt and inspirational music continues to resonate globally, marking her as a standout artist of her generation.