Recently, Black Entertainment Television announced the local nominations for 2019’s BET Awards which will hold at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23rd. Nigerian musicians Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and Teniola Apata have been nominated for awards in the international categories.
Three Nigerian singers, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and Teni De Entertainer have all featured strongly in the 2019 BET Awards nomination list. BET in Africa, part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio, at a press conference in Lagos, announced the local nominations for the BET Awards 2019 taking place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23, and premiering live across the continent on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Monday, June 24, at 19:00 WAT.
In the viewer’s choice category of Best New International Act, Teniola Apata from Nigeria was nominated. She was selected alongside Sho Madjodzi from South Africa, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly. It has been revealed that, during the BET Awards, the Best International Act will be honoured in-show along with the viewer’s choice fan voted category Best New International Act during the live red-carpet pre-show.
The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have gone on to become recognisable worldwide for their talents. Namely, Nigeria’s 2face and D’banj in 2011 and Wizkid in 2017, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015 respectively, and South Africa’s Black Coffee in 2016. Last year in 2018, for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa’s Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act at the live Red-Carpet Show.
Best International Act
AKA (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Mr. Eazi (Nigeria)
Best New International Act – (Viewers Choice)
Headie One (Uk)
Sho Madjodzi (South Africa)
Teniola Apata (Nigeria)
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
The Carters Best Collaboration
21 Savage Ft. J. Cole A Lot
Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me
Cardi B FT. Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like it
H.E.R. FT. Bryson Tiller Could’ve been
Travis Scott and Drake Sicko Mode
Tyga ft. Offset Taste
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Megan Thee Stallion
“The BET Awards is a powerful platform for celebrating and elevating black excellence from around the world,” said Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, BET International Viacom International Media Networks Africa “We look forward to honouring this year’s Best International Act and Best New International Act during the BET Awards main and surround programming that will broadcast to a global audience.”