As a kid I remember being so hyped about award shows, especially international award shows. The ambience, the magnificence. I find it all so captivating.
One of the most outstanding award shows is the BET (Black Entertainment Television) awards which is aimed at celebrating Black Americans in all fields of entertainment.
There’s a certain category specifically created to celebrate international artists from Africa. It’s the Best International Act: Africa.
It is important to note that quite a number of Nigerian artists have won the award and are still looking to do so. Just recently, artists such as Burna Boy, Teni, and Mr Eazi were nominated for the upcoming BET Awards 2019.
Although there have been several complaints about African artists not getting the proper recognition they deserve, the award show has improved significantly in the reception of African acts, especially now that Afrobeats is on a swift rise.
Here is a list of Nigerian artists that have won the BET Awards.
2baba & D’banj
The BET Awards created the Best International Act: Africa in 2011 and it was setup to accommodate two winners who are to be celebrated together.
Two acts from Nigeria 2baba and D’banj were selected as winners. They were easily some of the hottest musicians on the continent at that time, dropping back to back hits and touring all over.
Wizkid (and Sarkodie)
The first time Wizkid won a BET was in 2012. He picked up the award alongside Sarkodie who was unarguably the hottest Ghanaian musician at the time.
Wizkid also won the award again as a solo act in 2017.
Ice Prince was the first African artist to win the BET Award as a solo act. It was (and remains) a memorable moment for Africa. Signed to Chocolate City, the rapper was on top of his game.
2014 was a great year for Davido as he won his first BET Award. However, he set a record when he won the award again in 2018 as the first African act to collect the award on stage at the BET Awards.
Other artists who have gotten nominations include Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Tekno.