Africa's leading musicians Wizkid, Burna Boy (Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) have each scored nominations in the Best International Act category for The “BET Awards” 2021 as the return for live show audience after a virtual show last year.
In their 21st year running this year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and Black excellence across music, television, film, and sports.
American rappers Megan Thee Stallion and DaBaby are also leading the pack with seven nominations respectively. Megan Thee Stallion, who left her mark in last year’s telecast with her Mad Max inspired performance for “Girls in The Hood” and “Savage,” claims one of the top spots securing seven nominations for ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for WAP, ‘Album of the Year,’ for Good News, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award (x2),’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for her features with DaBaby (Cry Baby) and Cardi B (WAP). After his searing and powerful ‘Rockstar’ performance at last year’s “BET Awards,” DaBaby claims the other top spot securing seven nods, including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ for Blame it on Baby, ‘Viewer’s Choice Award,’ and four nods for ‘Best Collaboration’ for his features alongside Roddy Ricch (Rockstar), Megan Thee Stallion (Cry Baby), Pop Smoke & Lil Baby (For The Night), and Jack Harlow Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne (Whats Poppin- Remix).
Cardi B and Drake garnered the second most nods with five nominations each. Cardi B’s nods include ‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ twice for WAP andUP. Drake’s nods include ‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ for Laugh Now Cry Later featuring Lil Durk and ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’. Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Chloe X Halle, and Chris Brown are the third-highest with four nominations each and are all up for the coveted ‘Video of the Year’ award.
As the awards return for a live show, “BET AWARDS” vaccinated individuals can register for consideration to be part of the “BET AWARDS” 2021 live show audience as the brand will be work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols. However press access to the show will be limited and “BET AWARDS” will not be issuing a credential form. Media will be invited directly to cover any in person opportunities, including the red carpet, with additional remote/virtual press opportunities to be announced at a later date.
The “BET AWARDS” 2020 will simulcast LIVE at 02:00 CAT on Monday, 28 June making its international broadcast premiere on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) & repeat same day at 19:00 with the pre-show CAT and Main Show at 20:00 CAT.