•She also collected the prize for best collaboration.
•The 27-year-old is best known to fans outside of Nigeria for her huge hit with Wizkid in 2020, called Essence.
Nigerian singer Tems says she's honoured to have been recognised by BET in the US, saying "this is my first award show that I’m winning something".
She was crowned this year's best international act at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The 27-year-old is best known to fans outside of Nigeria for her huge hit with Wizkid in 2020, called Essence.
A later remix of that song featuring Canadian star Justin Bieber was also named best collaboration at the BET awards on Sunday.
"I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen," Tems said accepting her prize.