The honourees of the inaugural The BET A-list were revealed by BET A-List hosts Nandi Madida and Ayanda Thabethe on Wednesday 7 September at a star-studded event in Johannesburg.
South Africa’s sporting heroes led the field, scoring honours for both Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk. The creative arts also scored high as director Thabang Moleya and novelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda were recognised by BET, along with actress Terry Pheto and TV/film producers Shona & Connie Ferguson, who made the list as Game Changers (TV/Film).
Internationally renowned fashion designer David Tlale was named A-List Style Icon while hip hop star Riky Rik won points for his stand-out style as the BET A-List’s Most Stylish Musician. Publisher and businesswoman Khanyi Dhlomo was pronounced BET A-List Entrepreneur while DJ Sbu was recognised for his philanthropic efforts. TV favourites Bonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo took home the titles for BET A-List Radio and TV Personality, while hilarious trio Nicholas, Jason and Donovan Goliath were named BET A-Listers in the field of comedy.
Contemporary musicians continued to dominate the BET A-list, with legendary DJ and producer Black Coffee named BET A-List DJ, while AKA was crowned BET A-List Social Media Star. Last but by no means least, Cassper Nyovest was decreed BET A-List Game Changer (Music) while Nasty C was dubbed BET A-List Rising Star.
THE BET A-LIST 2016 BET A-List Radio & TV personality (Female): Bonang Matheba BET A-List Radio & TV personality (Male): Somizi Mhlongo BET A-List Actress: Terry Pheto BET A-List Director: Thabang Moleya BET A-List Writer: Zakes Mda BET A-List Game Changers (TV/Film): Shona Ferguson & Connie Ferguson BET A-List Comedians: Nicholas Goliath, Donovan Goliath & Jason Goliath BET A-List DJ: Black Coffee BET A-List Game Changer (Music): Cassper Nyovest BET A-List Rising Star: Nasty C BET A-List Most Stylish Musician: Riky Rick BET A-List Style icon: David Tlale BET A-List Social Media Star: AKA BET A-List Sportswoman: Caster Semenya BET A-List Sportsman: Wayde van Niekerk BET A-List Philanthropist: DJ Sbu BET A-List Entrepreneur: Khanyi Dhlomo
Covering achievers from sports to entrepreneurship, music, fashion, film, television, literature and more, the BET A-List was compiled and curated by BET's in house programming and talent team, focusing on achievers who best exemplify contemporary achievement and who are making a huge impact in their personal field of endeavour.
To watch highlights of the event, including the awards presentations, tune into BET A-List on BET (DStv channel 129) on Thursday 15 September at 18:35 CAT.