17 May 2018

BET INTRODUCES “BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT” CATEGORY IN LIVE BET AWARDS BROADCAST FOR FIRST TIME

BET in Africa, part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio, announced the nominations for the BET Awards 2018 taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, 24 June 2018 and and premiering across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.


In a BET Awards first, the top nominees from Africa and Europe (as voted for by an academy of industry experts) will now 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 in the BET Awards. Leading the transformed Best International Act Award category from South Africa will be rapper Cassper Nyovest and Gqom evolutionists Distruction Boyzalongside Nigerian musicians Davido and Tiwa Savage and Congolese star Fally Ipupa. Also included in the category are French performers Boobaand Dadjuand UK acts J Hus, Stefflon Don and Stormzy.

Commented Alex Okosi,Executive Vice President andManaging Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BETInternational: “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”.


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 6 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 including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’


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, XSCAPEreunited for the first time in eighteen 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 Chairman 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 over year,for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts.


BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the "BET Awards 2018" nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised 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 the creative arts.


Fans will be able to cast their vote for their favourite Best International Act nominees beginning today on BET.com and on both Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa @BET_TV_FR @BET_Intl using each artist’s designated hashtag.


The complete list of nominees forthe BET Awards 2018 are:


The Best International Act

BOOBA (FRANCE)

CASSPER NYOVEST (SA)

DADJU (FRANCE)

DAVIDO (NIGERIA)

DISTRUCTION BOYZ (SA)

FALLY IPUPA (DR CONGO)

J HUS (UK)

NISKA (FRANCE)

TIWA SAVAGE (NIGERIA)

STEFFLON DON (UK)

STORMZY (UK)

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award

BEYONCÉ

SZA

H.E.R.

RIHANNA

KEHLANI

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award

BRUNO MARS

CHRIS BROWN

THE WEEKND

KHALID

DANIEL CAESAR

Best Group Award

MIGOS

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

N.E.R.D.

RAE SREMMURD

CHLOE X HALLE

Best Collaboration Award

BRUNO MARS FEAT. CARDI B - FINESSE (REMIX)

DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER - WILD THOUGHTS

DJ KHALED FEAT. BEYONCÉ & JAY-Z - TOP OFF

CARDI B FEAT. 21 SAVAGE - BARTIER CARDI

FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE - UNFORGETTABLE

KENDRICK LAMAR FEAT. RIHANNA - LOYALTY

Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award

DRAKE

KENDRICK LAMAR

DJ KHALED

JAY-Z

J. COLE

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award

CARDI B

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

DEJ LOAF

RAPSODY

Video of the Year Award

DRAKE - GOD'S PLAN

CARDI B - BODAK YELLOW

BRUNO MARS FEAT. CARDI B - FINESSE (REMIX)

DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER - WILD THOUGHTS

KENDRICK LAMAR - HUMBLE

MIGOS FEAT. DRAKE - WALK IT TALK IT

Video Director of the Year Award

BENNY BOOM

DIRECTOR X

AVA DUVERNAY

CHRIS BROWN

DAVE MEYERS

Best New Artist Award

SZA

H.E.R.

DANIEL CAESAR

GOLDLINK

A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE

Dr. Bobby JonesBest Gospel/Inspirational Award

LECRAE FEAT. TORI KELLY - I’LL FIND YOU

SNOOP DOGG FEAT. B SLADE - WORDS ARE FEW

LEDISI & KIRK FRANKLIN - IF YOU DON'T MIND

MARVIN SAPP - CLOSE

TASHA COBBS LEONARD FEAT. NICKI MINAJ - I’M GETTING READY

Best Actress Award

TIFFANY HADDISH

LUPITA NYONG’O

ISSA RAE

ANGELA BASSETT

LETITIA WRIGHT

TARAJI P. HENSON

Best Actor Award

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

DONALD GLOVER

STERLING K. BROWN

DENZEL WASHINGTON

DANIEL KALUUYA

Young Stars Award

YARA SHAHIDI

ASHTON TYLER

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

LONNIE CHAVIS

MARSAI MARTIN

MILES BROWN

Best Movie Award

BLACK PANTHER

GIRLS TRIP

A WRINKLE IN TIME

DETROIT

MUDBOUND

Sportswoman of the Year Award

SERENA WILLIAMS

VENUS WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

CANDACE PARKER

ELANA MEYERS TAYLOR

Sportsman of theYear Award

STEPHEN CURRY

LEBRON JAMES

KEVIN DURANT

DWYANE WADE

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

Album of the Year Award

DAMN - KENDRICK LAMAR

CTRL - SZA

4:44 - JAY-Z

CULTURE II - MIGOS

BLACK PANTHER: THE ALBUM - KENDRICK LAMAR & VARIOUS ARTIST

GRATEFUL - DJ KHALED

BET Her Award

JANELLE MONAÉ - DJANGO JANE

LIZZO - WATER ME

MARY J. BLIGE - STRENGTH OF A WOMAN

REMY MA FEAT. CHRIS BROWN - MELANIN MAGIC (PRETTY BROWN)

CHLOE X HALLE - THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

LEIKELI47 - 2ND FIDDLE

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

SZA FEAT. TRAVIS SCOTT - LOVE GALORE

CARDI B - BODAK YELLOW

KENDRICK LAMAR - HUMBLE

DRAKE - GOD’S PLAN

MIGOS FEAT. CARDI B & NICKI MINAJ - MOTORSPORT

DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER - WILD THOUGHTS


The BET Awards 2018will be broadcast in partnership with Russian Bear on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, starting with a pre-show at 18:00 CAT, followed by the main awards show at 20:00 CAT and conclude with a post-show immediately after.

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