African heavyweights recognised at 2021 BET Awards

Wizkid, Burna Boy and Diamond Platinumz were nominated in the Best International Ace category at the 2021 BET Awards. Watch the ceremony live on Monday, 28 June 2021 on BET (DStv channel 129).

Culture’s biggest night, the BET Awards continues its reign in its twenty-first year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change.

African heavyweights Wizkid, Burna Boy (Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) were recognised in the Best International Act category at this year’s ceremony. The winner will be announced when the 2021 BET Awards air live at 02:00 on Monday, 28 June on BET Africa (DStv channel 129). The ceremony will be rebroadcast at 20:00 on Monday, 28 June.

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“It’s been a thrilling year in music entertainment and we are proud to have this opportunity to showcase a diverse and cultural rich list of international nominees that includes African artistes and including Brazil talent for the first time in the Best International Act Category,“ says Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM ViacomCBS and BET International Peer Lead.

“Over the years, the BET Awards have honoured some of the most talented musicians in the International arena. It’s a powerful platform to spotlight and celebrate black excellence on the global stage. Congratulations to all the nominees,” he says.

American rappers Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby are also leading the pack with seven nominations respectively. Megan Thee Stallion, who left her mark in last year’s telecast with her Mad Max inspired performance for “Girls in The Hood” and “Savage,” claims one of the top spots securing seven nominations for ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for WAP, ‘Album of the Year,’ for Good News, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award (x2),’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for her features with DaBaby (Cry Baby) and Cardi B (WAP).

After his searing and powerful ‘Rockstar’ performance at last year’s “BET Awards,” DaBaby claims the other top spot securing seven nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ for Blame it on Baby, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award,’ and four nods for ‘Best Collaboration’ for his features alongside Roddy Ricch (Rockstar), Megan Thee Stallion (Cry Baby), Pop Smoke & Lil Baby (For The Night), and Jack Harlow Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne (Whats Poppin- Remix).

Cardi B and Drake garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Cardi B’s nods include ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ twice for WAP and UP. Drake’s nods include ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for Laugh Now Cry Later featuring Lil Durk and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’. Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe X Halle, and Chris Brown are the third-highest with four nominations each and are all up for the coveted ‘Video of the Year’ award.

Following last year’s groundbreaking virtual awards show, the BET Awards returns this year with a live show audience. Beginning today, vaccinated individuals can register here for consideration to be part of the BET Awards 2021 live show audience. BET will work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Due to these safety parameters, press access to the show will be limited and BET Awards will not be issuing a credential form. Media will be invited directly to cover any in person opportunities, including the red carpet, with additional remote/virtual press opportunities to be announced at a later date.

BET recognises artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21categories with The BET Awards 2021 nominations (‘Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act’ will be released at a later date). The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts.

The 2021 BET Awards will simulcast LIVE at 02:00 CAT on June 28 making its international broadcast premiere on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129). The show will repeat on June 28 at 19:00 and BET Awards Main Show at 20:00 CAT.

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