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Wizkid, Burnaboy and Diamond Platnumz lead the Bet Awards 2021 Best International Act nominations.

NIGERIAN ARTISTS WIZKID, BURNABOY AND TANZANIA’S DIAMOND PLATNUMZ LEAD THE BET AWARDS 2021 BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT NOMINATIONS 

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BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE “BET AWARDS” 2021 

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AFRICAN STARPOWER SHINES BRIGHT IN BET AWARDS 2021 BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT CATEGORY  

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THIRD TIME’S A CHARM: BURNABOY SCORES THIRD NOMINATION FOR BEST AFRICAN ACT 

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BET announces the “BET AWARDS” 2021 nominees with African heavyweights Wizkid, Burnaboy(Nigeria) and Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) scoring three nominations in the Best International Act category. 

This year’s nominees reflect an abundance of creative expression and Black excellence across music, television, film, and sports. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will air LIVE, Monday, June 28 on BET AfricaDStv channel 122, at 1am WAT 2am CAT. You can also catch the repeat at 7pm WAT / 8pm CAT on Monday, June 28. 

Culture’s biggest night, the “BET AWARDS,” continues its reign in its twenty-first year as the ultimate platform to showcase the best, brightest, and most beautiful aspects of the Black experience – celebrating Black music’s present and future, and elevating the culture and being a driving force for social change. 

“It’s been a thrilling year in music entertainment and we are proud to have this opportunity to showcase a diverse and cultural rich list of international nominees that includes  African artists and including Brazil talent for the first time in the Best International Act Category,“ said Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM ViacomCBS and BET International Peer Lead. “Over the years, the BET Awards have honoured some of the most talented musicians in the International arena. It’s a powerful platform to spotlight and celebrate black excellence on the global stage. Congratulations to all the nominees.” 

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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 nodsinclude‘Best Female Hip Hop Artist,’‘Best Collaboration,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ twice for WAPand UP. 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.  

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Following last year’s groundbreaking virtual awards show, the “BET AWARDS” returns this year with a live show audience. Beginning today, vaccinated individuals can register here for consideration to be part of the “BET AWARDS” 2021 live show audience. BET will work closely with Los Angeles County to support community vaccination efforts and ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols.  

Due to these safety parameters, 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. 

BET recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 21categories with The “BET Awards” 2021 nominations(‘Viewer’s Choice Award: Best New International Act’ will be released at a later date). The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is composed of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and creative arts. 

Internationally, the show will simulcast on BET AfricaDStv channel 122, at 1am WAT / 2am CAT, with a repeat at 7pm WAT / 8pm CAT on Monday, June 28. 

The complete list of nominees for The “BET AWARDS” 2021 are: 

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT 

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE) 

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA) 

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA) 

EMICIDA (BRAZIL) 

HEADIE ONE (UK) 

WIZKID (NIGERIA) 

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK) 

YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE) 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND 

BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY 

GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION 

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HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN 

KING’S DISEASE – NAS 

UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE 

BEST COLLABORATION 

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP 

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR 

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR 

JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX) 

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY 

POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT 

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST 

BEYONCÉ 

H.E.R. 

JAZMINE SULLIVAN 

JHENÉ AIKO 

SUMMER WALKER 

SZA 

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST 

6LACK 

ANDERSON .PAAK 

CHRIS BROWN 

GIVEON 

TANK 

THE WEEKND 

BEST NEW ARTIST 

COI LERAY 

FLO MILLI 

GIVEON 

JACK HARLOW 

LATTO 

POOH SHIESTY 

BEST GROUP 

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN 

CHLOE X HALLE 

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG 

CITY GIRLS 

MIGOS 

SILK SONIC 

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST 

CARDI B 

COI LERAY 

DOJA CAT 

MEGAN THEE STALLION 

LATTO 

SAWEETIE 

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST 

DABABY 

DRAKE 

J. COLE 

JACK HARLOW 

LIL BABY 

POP SMOKE 

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD 

BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME 

CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST 

H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER 

KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD 

MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL 

TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU  

BET HER AWARD 

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE  

BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA  

BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN 

CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL 

CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED 

SZA – GOOD DAYS 

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