Nigerian pop star Davido won Best International Act on Sunday in Los Angeles, United States at the BET Awards 2018 while American Beyonce won best female R&B/Pop Artist award.
Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the ceremony by telling viewers he was there to celebrate. Foxx brought “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan to the stage and asked him to recite the powerful line from the film, “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, because they knew death was better than bondage.”
Davido emerged the winner among nominees that included female Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage. There were other nominees such as Booba (FRANCE), Cassper Nyovest (SA), Dadju (FRANCE), Distruction Boyz (SA), Fally Ipupa (DR CONGO), J Hus (UK), NISKA (FRANCE), Stefflon Don (UK) and Stormzy (UK).
Beyonce also beat SZA, H.E.R., Rihanna, Kehlani to emerge winner. Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Bruno Mars were all winners in the night.
The BET Awards, established by Black Entertainment Television to recognise the best in African American culture, maintains an international category for black music from outside the United States.
Davido, 25, in his acceptance speech called for collaboration between African Americans and Africa. “I’m telling you guys — come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes,” he told the audience full of African American A-list celebrities. “Let’s collaborate, everybody. Let’s collaborate, man,” he said.
Complete list of Winners:
Best Female R&B/pop artiste award
Best Male R&B/Pop artiste award
Best group award
Best collaboration award
Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Best Male Hip hop artiste award
Best Female Hip hop artiste award
Video of the year award
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Video director of the year award
Benny BoomAva Duvernay
Best New Artist Award
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award
Lecrae feat. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You”
The best international act award
Booba (France)Davido (Nigeria)
Best actress award
Best actor award
Young stars award
Best movie award
Black PantherGirls TripA Wrinkle in TimeDetroitMudbound
Sportswoman of the year award
Sportsman of the year award
Stephen CurryLeBron James
Album of the year award
DAMN. – Kendrick LamarCTRL – SZA4:44 – Jay-ZCulture II – MigosBlack Panther: The Album – Kendrick Lamar & Various ArtistsGrateful – DJ Khaled
BET her award
Janelle Monae – “Django Jane”Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman”
Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award
SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore”Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”Agencies.
This article was originally published in Vanguard.
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