AKA/Cassper at it again/BlackCoffee caught up in the middle
AKA (left) and Cassper Nyovest continue their tussle on neutral ground, as they take their tussle the top spot at the BET Awards in the US. Taking place at Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, on Sunday 26 June, the two together with dance/house icon Black Coffee, are nominated in the Best International Artist: Africa category.
Recognising the growing international appeal of African contemporary artists, eight African artists have been nominated in the BET Awards. Nigeria is represented by Wizkid (winner of the award in 2012), Afro-pop diva, Yemi Alade, with East African sensation Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Ghana's dancehall/R&B queen Mzvee and Cote D'Ivoire's Coupé Decalé star Serge Beynaud rounding out the African nominees list.
Drake leads the list of entertainers nominated at this year's awards with an impressive nine nominations including "Best Male Hip Hop Artist", "Video of Year", and "Best Collaboration" for his hit "Where Ya At" with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each with Beyoncé scoring nominations in "Best Female R&B/Pop Artist", "Video of the Year", and "Best Collaboration" for "Feeling Myself" with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including "Best Female R&B/Pop Artist", "Video of the Year" and "Best Collaboration" for "Work" featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards, Chris Brown, and Future.
Created in 2001, the BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, athletes and philanthropists across 20+ categories (nominees in further categories including "Best New Act: Viewer's Choice", and "Global Good" to be revealed at a later date). This year's broadcast celebrates 16
years of spectacular BET Awards performances, must-see moments, outstanding talent, and exquisite music, which has set the standard for music awards with highlights such as Alicia Keys performing during the Prince "Lifetime Achievement Award" tribute (2010) and Michael Jackson taking the stage with James Brown (2003), to Beyoncé performing a lap dance for Terrence Howard (2005) and the reuniting of The Fugees (2005).
"Now in its 16th year, the BET Awards continue to honour some of today's biggest names in music and entertainment along with legends in the industry," said Stephen Hill, BET's President of Programming. "The nominees this year represent an incredible array of artists and exceptional athletes who inspire their fans around the globe."
Catch the awards BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT. Click on www.betafrica.tv for more on the award.