‘Nigerian music to the world’ has become more than a mere statement, as yearly our artistes do us proud on different levels; performing on multiple international stages, bagging nominations and going on to win most. The highly acclaimed BET Awards once again recognises Nigerian talents, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi and Teni, three divergent musical minds that have been at the top of their game on the Nigerian Entertainment scene in recent times.
Burna Boy and Mr Eazi who have both had a pretty successful year when it comes to spreading their music worldwide, being the only Nigerian artists who performed at this year’s prestigious music festival, Coachella. Both acts are being rightfully celebrated for their numerous achievements, being nominated alongside stars like Dave, Giggs, AKA and a few other global artists in the ‘Best International Act’ category.
Last year, Teni took the Nigerian music industry by storm. Following her hit single, ‘Askamaya’, with many other remarkable renditions. Teni is now regarded as 2018’s biggest breakout star. So, it comes as no surprise that she’s been nominated for the ‘Best New International Act’ category.
Over the past few years, Nigerian music has been permeating the airwaves overseas, with stars like Davido, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid attaining the recognition they deserve, through various award nominations, including ‘Best International Act’ at the BET Awards. In 2018, Nigerians celebrated a win, when Davido copped the award. With Teni up against the likes of; Headie One (U.K.), Jok’Air (France), Nesly (France), Octavian (U.K.) and Sho Madjozi (South Africa), we do hope we bring it home once again.
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Video of the year: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”; Cardi B, “Money”; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”; Childish Gambino, “This Is America”; Drake, “Nice for What”; The Carters, “Apeshit”
Best female R&B/pop artist: Beyoncé; Ella Mai; H.E.R.; Solange; SZA; Teyana Taylor.
Best male R&B/pop artist: Anderson .Paak; Bruno Mars; Childish Gambino; Chris Brown; John Legend; Khalid.
Best female hip-hop artist: Cardi B; Kash Doll; Lizzo; Megan Thee Stallion; Nicki Minaj; Remy Ma.
Best male hip-hop artist: 21 Savage; Drake; J. Cole; Meek Mill; Nipsey Hussle; Travis Scott.
Best new artist: Blueface; City Girls; Juice WRLD; Lil Baby; Queen Naija.
Best group: Chloe x Halle; City Girls; Lil Baby and Gunna; Migos; The Carters.
Best collaboration: 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, “A Lot”; Cardi B and Bruno Mars, “Please Me”; Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”; H.E.R. featuring Bryson Tiller, “Could’ve Been”; Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode”; Tyga featuring Offset, “Taste.”
Album of the year: Cardi B, “Invasion of Privacy”; Ella Mai, “Ella Mai”; Meek Mill, “Championships”; The Carters, “Everything Is Love”; Travis Scott, “Astroworld.”
Viewers’ choice award: Cardi B featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny, “I Like It”; Childish Gambino, “This Is America”; Drake, “In My Feelings”; Ella Mai, “Trip”; J. Cole, “Middle Child”; Travis Scott featuring Drake, “Sicko Mode.”
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Erica Campbell featuring Warryn Campbell, “All of My Life”; Fred Hammond, “Tell Me Where It Hurts”; Kirk Franklin, “Love Theory”; Snoop Dogg featuring Rance Allen, “Blessing Me Again”; Tori Kelly featuring Kirk Franklin, “Never Alone.”
Best actress: Issa Rae; Regina Hall; Regina King; Taraji P. Henson; Tiffany Haddish; Viola Davis.
Best actor: Anthony Anderson; Chadwick Boseman; Denzel Washington; Mahershala Ali; Michael B. Jordan; Omari Hardwick.
Best movie: “Blackkklansman”; “Creed 2″; “If Beale Street Could Talk”; “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”; “The Hate U Give.”
Youngstars award: Caleb McLaughlin; Lyric Ross; Marsai Martin; Michael Rainey Jr.; Miles Brown.
Sportswoman of the year: Allyson Felix; Candace Parker; Naomi Osaka; Serena Williams; Simone Biles.
Sportsman of the year: Kevin Durant; LeBron James; Odell Beckham Jr.; Stephen Curry; Tiger Woods.
BET HER award: Alicia Keys, “Raise a Man”; Ciara, “Level Up”; H.E.R., “Hard Place”; Janelle Monae, “PYNK”; Queen Naija, “Mama’s Hand”; Teyana Taylor, “Rose in Harlem.”
Video director of the year: Benny Boom; Colin Tilley; Dave Meyers; Hype Williams; Karena Evans.
Best international act: AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Burna Boy (Nigeria); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France); Giggs (U.K.); Mr Eazi (Nigeria).
Best new international act: Headie One (U.K.); Jok’Air (France); Nesly (France); Octavian (U.K.); Sho Madjozi (South Africa); Teni (Nigeria).