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 is slated to take place at the Staples Centre in LA from 23rd – 26th June. Though the nominations list are yet to be broadcasted, we at afromirror.com brings to you the top five most nominated African musicians at the BET Awards for the Best International Act: Africa category since its maiden edition.
5. 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 after all was set as he again received his second nomination at the 2015 BET Awards but unfortunately lost it Stonebwoy of Ghana. Will we ever see Fally Ipupa winning a BET Award? (That’s another story for another day).
4. 2Face now known as 2Baba
2Face Idibia was the third Nigerian musician to be nominated at the BET Awards after his colleague Nigerian musicians M.I and P-Square refused to bag the award home in 2010 but did just to his nomination in the year 2011 by co-winning the award with D’banj. The year 2013 was a blessing to his career as he was again given another nomination but lost it to Ice Prince. In all 2Baba as being referred now has 2 BET nominations to his credit and 1 BET Award in his plaques room.
The CEO of Starboy Records is a force to reckon with at the international music scene. He has two BET nominations to his credit though he has won it once in the year 2012. Do we see Wizkid getting his third nomination this year?
2. Ice Prince
After receiving his maiden nomination in the year 2012 but failed to win the award, Ice Prince worked tirelessly to get his second nomination in the year 2013 and went ahead to win the bragging right. Currently he is the only African musician that has been nominated twice in a row and going ahead to win it in his nomination. Would you be surprise to see Ice Prince at the 2015 BET nominees list?
Undoubtedly he is the only African musician with the highest BET nominations. With three nominations to his credit what more could one ask for (2012, 2014, 2015)!! Sarkodie indeed is African music. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him getting his fourth nomination this year after successfully co-winning in the year 2012 with Wizkid.