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Oscar-nominated songwriter Tems goes viral after blocking the audience's view at the Academy Awards with her huge gown

Barnaby Lane   

Oscar-nominated songwriter Tems goes viral after blocking the audience's view at the Academy Awards with her huge gown
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Tems was nominated for best original song for the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” track “Lift Me Up."    Twitter
  • Tems is facing criticism after literally stealing the show for some at the Oscars.
  • The singer's huge gown blocked the view of a number of attendees at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

Tems, quite literally, stole the show for some at the Oscars.

The singer was criticized on social media after her huge gown blocked the view of a number of attendees at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter — whose "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" track "Lift Me Up," performed by Rihanna, was nominated for best original song — wore a white gown that wrapped around the back of her head.

The gown restricted the view of those sat behind and around her, which prompted plenty of reactions on Twitter.

"I'm cryinnnnnnn," one user wrote alongside a video of Tems in the audience. "Tems got that lady fighting for her life."

"Imagine waiting your whole life to be at the Oscars and you end up sitting behind a stratus cloud," one person tweeted.

Another said: "I guess the people behind the white veil don't get to see the show."

Not everybody criticized Tems for her dress.

"If you're sitting BEHIND greatness that is known as Tems, then perhaps you're just not that important," one person said.

Another tweeted: "Perfect. She should not be apologizing."

The song "Naatu Naatu" from the Telugu-language film "RRR" made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar.

"Applause" from "Tell It Like a Woman," "Hold My Hand" from "Top Gun: Maverick," and "This Is a Life" from "Everything Everywhere All at Once" were also nominated.

While accepting the Oscar, the composer M. M. Keeravani said the song was "the pride of every Indian."

Before the awards, Kaala Bhairava, one of the singers of "Naatu Naatu," told The Hollywood Reporter that the song was award-worthy because it was "rooted to its nativity."

"That's the most beautiful part of the Oscars," he said. "People from all over the world coming together, representing their own culture and their own art forms and being appreciated by people from other countries and communities."




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