The BET Awards was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television Network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on BET.
The annual presentation ceremony features performances from artistes and awards of more popular interests are presented in a televised ceremony.
Fast forward in the year 2011, BET extended their wings and introduced a category ‘’Best International Act: Africa’’ which celebrate African musicians that flourished in their respective genre of music on the African and the global scene at large.
Though in the year 2010, African musicians like Kojo Antwi (Ghana), Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa), M.I. (Nigeria) and P-Square (Nigeria) were the first African musicians to be nominated at the awards under the category Best International Act which was won by Dizzee Rascal (UK) before it was slashed into two separate categories ‘’ Best International Act: UK and Best International Act: Africa.
This year’s award which took place at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on 26th June saw a glamours event with South Africa winning its first BET ’Best International Act: Africa after countless number of nominations each year.
Today as a part of celebrating African musicians, we bring to you the top five most nominated African musicians at the BET Awards for the ”Best International Act: Africa” category since its maiden edition.
- Fally Ipupa
The Congolese international singer who doubles as the ladies men has been nominated twice at the BET Awards. In the year 2011, he welcomed his first nomination but lost the award to 2Face and D’banj from Nigeria. Four years later after all is said and done, Ipupa received his second nomination at the 2015 BET Awards but unfortunately lost it to Stonebwoy from Ghana who got his first ever BET nomination.