BET Awards: Winner's Circle
Burna Boy & Sha Sha Get Nods
The 20th BET Awards took place last night in the form of a virtual event due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. The awards aim to celebrate achievements in entertainment, honoring acts in music, film, sports, and television. Hosted by hit series ‘Insecure’ star Amanda Seales, the broadcast boasted performances from Lil Wayne, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, and many more. Beyoncé was honored with the annual Humanitarian Award in recognition of her ongoing philanthropic efforts, and Wayne Brady paid tribute to the late Little Richard.
Some of the biggest African acts were nominated for the Best International Act and Viewer’s Choice Best New International act, going against A-list artists such as Stormzy and Dave from the UK.
Burna Boy took home the Best International Act award for the second time in a row. He rose to prominence in 2012 with his then hit ‘Like To Party’ which featured in his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ in 2013. The past couple of weekends have been a knock-out for the ‘Gbedu’ singer, as he featured in chart-topping songs such as ‘Jerusalema’ by Master KG and ‘Sponono’ by Kabza De Small. This Friday we also saw the release of his latest hit ‘Wonderful’.
Sha Sha bags her first BET Award for the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act. The Zimbabwean born vocalist took amapiano fans by surprise with her vibrant vocals and versatility in sound and widespread capability to connect with people in different African languages in her music. The great news of her award comes after an amazing weekend for the amapiano culture, with Kabza De Small dropping a 27 track project which features Sha Sha on ‘Why Ngikufela’ which has taken over charts all over the country.
Listen to this collection of the 20th BET Awards: