African Nominees for BET Awards
By Yemi Taiwo
Black Entertainment awards popularly known as BET Awards is an annual event that hosts some of the biggest names in music, movies, television and sports. This award was created in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities.
In 2011, it branched out to include acts from Africa and those from African descent across the world. This year’s edition will hold in Los Angeles and listed below are the African nominees.
The following African artists have been nominated for Best International Act: Africa.
Davido is a Nigerian artiste who in 2014 was for the first time nominated for a BET award. He went on to win the award in this category.
Tiwa Savage, another Nigerian artiste also had her first nomination in 2014. She had recently released her stellar Sugarcane EP.
This Gqom music duo from Durban, South Africa consists of recording artists Thobani “Que” Mgobhozi and Zipho “Goldmax” Mthembu. They currently have one album to their name. This is their first BET nomination. In their words, “We are super excited to be nominated for the #BETAwards2018. To be on your first album and get a nomination of this magnitude is really something.”
Cassper Nyovest whose real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo is also a South African recording artist. This also happens to be his first BET nomination.
Fally Ipupa is a DR Congolese singer-songwriter. He also just got nominated for his first BET award.
Other honorable mentions in other industries are:
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. Her first feature film, “12 Years a Slave” brought her to limelight in 2013. She played Nakia in the blockbuster movie Black Panther and has been nominated for Best Actress Award.
American actress and writer, Jo-Issa “Issa” Rae was born to a Senegalese father and an American mother. She also was nominated for the Best Actress Award.
Daniel Kaluuya, born to Ugandan parents is an English actor that has been nominated for Best Actor Award. He portrayed W’Kabi in the blockbuster movie Black Panther.