Who deserves the BET award for Best International Act?
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT WHO DESERVES THE BET AWARDThe BET(Black Entertainment Television) award since it’s inception in 2001 has become the best entertainment honour for the music of black origin in America. Another award ceremony that also does the same thing is the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) awards.
In 2011, it broadens it’s coverage to the UK, and Africa, uniting Black people across different parts of the world through music, by introducing the Best International Act category, in which artiste from the UK, and artists from Africa as well were honoured.
On the African category, Dbanj and 2face Idibia tied on votes but the award was given to Dbanj, making them the first artiste from Africa to receive this honour. On the UK category, Tinnie Tempah collected the award home, making him the first artiste from UK to receive this award. Wizkid holds the record of the most win in the African category winning the award in 2012 and 2017.
The 2018 Edition which coincidentally happens to be the 18th edition, which will take place on June 24th, at the Microsoft Theater Los Angeles , will see Jammie Foxx hosting the attendants. It promises to be an hilarious edition as the Best International Act category both UK and Africa has been merged together with an inclusion of Europe. This means artists from Africa, UK, and Europe will be going head to head against each other for this award. This makes it one of the biggest category to watch out for. Representing Africa in this category are : Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage ( Nigeria), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Destruction Boyz (South Africa), and Fali Ipupa (Congo). Representing UK are: Stormzy (UK), J HUS (UK), and Steflon Don(UK). From Europe are three French artistes: Niska, Dadju, and Booba.Stormzy, won the award in the uk category in 2015 and lost it to Skepta in 2016. Davido won the award in 2014. Davido that year won it against Tiwa Savage.
Nigeria holds the record of the most win in this category in Africa (2011Dbanj and 2face, 2012Wizkid, 2013 Ice prince, 2014 DAVIDO, 2017wizkid, DAVIDO was nominated that year). South Africa has only won it once in 2016 (Black coffee record producer/dj). Cassper Nyovests was nominated in 2016 but lost it. Faali Ipupa was nominated in 2011 but lost it to D’banj /2face Idibia. He was nominated again in 2015 but he lost to Stonebwoy (Ghana). Dadju, Niska, and Booba are the first artiste from France to be nominated for this category. Dadju is signed to Universal Music Groups Polydor Records. You know Universal Music Group only sign promising artiste. Niska has released two albums, Charo Life (2015) and Zifukoro (2016), with both reaching number 3 on SNEP, the official French Albums chart. In 2011, Booba won the competition MyYoutubes, ahead of popular artists like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Jay-Z, Sexion D’Assaut, Shakira, Stromae.
In this category, Davido, Stormzy, J HUS, and Steflon Don seem to be the favourite to take home the award Considering their success in the MOBO Award which is another award ceremony celebrating black excellence in the entertainment industry worldwide. Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards. Best male act , and Best Album, at the 2017 edition against J HUS. He also won the best grime act same year. J HUS won the Best song of the 2017 edition with his hit song, “Did you See”. Steflon Don won Best female act that same year. Davido, took home the award for Best African Act.
Who do you think will take the award home at this year’s edition?