Tems Reveal Rationale Behind Her Controversial Attire At Oscars

Nigerian musician, Temilade Openiyi, better known by her stage name Tems, has opened up about her decision to wear a flamboyant attire to the 2023 Oscars.

The Grammy award winner faced a barrage of criticism after some attendees to the event on Sunday complained that the garment blocked their views.

However, in an interview with Harper’s Bazzar, Tems disclosed why she went for the elaborate gown.

According to the Grammy award winner, she decided to “go all out” and “make the most” of her first Oscars attendance.

She said: “Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress,” she said. “But it’s my first Oscars — I am going to go all out. I really wanted to make the most of the day.

“The dress is also my way of celebrating my work and the people around me, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people that are rooting for me. This dress says ‘Yes, yes, I am here!’”

Tems who was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars for her contribution on ‘Lift Me Up,’ alongside Rihanna lost the award to Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj’s ‘Naatu Naatu.’

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