Black Entertainment Television (BET) is presenting the best worldwide act class out of the blue with Cassper Nyovest, Davido, Distruction Boyz, Fally Ipupa and Tiwa Savage all competing for a honor in the classification at the 2018 BET Awards.
Wager in Africa, which is a piece of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa interactive media excitement portfolio, a week ago reported the designations for the honors occurring at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, 24 June.
The occasion premiers crosswise over Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday, 28 June at 19h00.
In a BET awards first, the top nominees from Africa and Europe (as voted for by an academy of industry experts) will compete for the best international act category, with the winner being honoured as part of the US broadcast.
Recognising the growing international appeal of African artists, five African artists have been honoured. Leading the transformed best international act award category from South Africa will be rapper Nyovest and gqom evolutionists Distruction Boyz alongside Nigerian musicians Davido and Savage and Congolese star Ipupa.
Also included in the category are French performers Booba and Dadju and UK acts J Hus, Stefflon Don and Stormzy.
“We are excited that the best international award will be presented on-stage during the live broadcast. The inclusion of the award in the main show signals the influence of international artists globally,” said Alex Okosi, executive vice president and managing director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International.
The culturally-charged, performance-driven, thought-provoking show returns for its 18th year and as with previous years is expected to turn out a show like no other.
DJ Khaled dominates this year’s nominations with a total of six nominations including video of the year, two for best collaboration with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for ‘Wild Thoughts’ and with Beyoncé and Jay-Z for ‘Top Off’, album of the year and Coca-Cola viewer’s choice.
Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including best collaboration with Rihanna for ‘Loyalty’, video of the year, album of the year and Coca-Cola viewers’ choice.
Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards, and SZA, also nominated for four awards.
The iconic broadcast continues to tackle culturally relevant topics and conversations, delivering some of the most memorable moments in award show history. In 2017, Bruno Mars opened the show with a funky, energetic performance of his hit ‘Perm’, then returned to the stage moments later to accept his first-ever BET Awards win for best male R&B/pop artist, XSCAPE reunited for the first time in 18 years to perform a medley of hits, ‘Understanding’, ‘Who Can I Run To’ and ‘Just Kickin’ It’, Yara Shahidi voiced the importance of supporting blackness and thanked BET for celebrating black culture so beautifully while accepting the young stars award, and Michelle Obama and BET chairperson Debra Lee introduced Chance the Rapper who gave an impassioned speech after receiving the evening’s humanitarian award.
The BET Awards raises the standard, year after year, for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts.
Fans can cast their vote for their favourite best international act nominees on BET.com and on both Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa, @BET_TV_FR and @BET_Intl using each artist’s designated hashtag.