Nigerian’s Wizkid and Burna Boy, as well as Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, have been nominated at this year’s BET Awards.
The three heavyweights have been nominated in the Best International Act category, with Burna Boy already winning the award in 2019 and nominated for it last year.
They are nominated alongside Aya Nakamura (France), Emicida (Brazil), Headie One (UK), Young T & Bugsey (UK) and Youssoupha (France).
Speaking about the Best International Act nominees, ViacomCBS’ Monde Twala said this was the first time Brazil was nominated in the category.
“It’s been a thrilling year in music entertainment. We are proud to showcase a diverse and cultural rich list of international nominees that includes African artists, including Brazil talent, for the first time in the Best International Act Category,” Monde said.
“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 said.
Other nominees include Beyonce, H.E.R. Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko, Summer Walker and SZA for Best Female R&B/pop Artist as well as 6LACK, Anderson .Paak, Chris Brown, Giveon, Tank and The Weeknd for Best Male R&B/pop Artist
The Best Movie nominees are Coming 2 America, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, One Night in Miami Soul and The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.
Andra Day, Angela Bassett, Issa Rae, Jurnee Smollett, Viola Davis and Zendaya are nominated for Best Actress while Aldis Hodge, Chadwick Boseman, Damson Idris, Daniel Kaluuya, Eddie Murphy and Lakeith Stanfield are nominated for Best Actor.
The awards will air on 28 June on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) at 2am and repeat at 7pm on the same day.