The 2019 BET Awards went down on the wee hours of Monday morning (24.06.19) in Los Angeles with African stars Burna Boy and Sho Madjozi bagging the coveted awards.
Nigerian music powerhouse Burna Boy has been crowned the Best International Act at the prestigious Awards. The ‘On the Low’ hitmaker beat competition from fellow country folks Mr. Eazi, Teni, Aya Nakamura, Dave, Dosseh and Giggs to win the Award. It has previously been won by the likes of Davido, Wizkid, Stonebwoy, and Black Coffee.
South African fast-rising rapper Sho Madjozi known for her hit ‘Huku’ also won the Best New International Act award which was based on votes by fans. Sho beat the likes of Teniola Apata from Nigeria, Headie One and Octavian from the UK, and France’s Jokair and Nesly.
The superstar made history as the first female South African artist to win a BET. In her acceptance speech, Sho said the win proved that anyone can be a superstar, even a girl from a village in Limpopo.
“My story is a testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar. For girls that come from where I am from, which is Limpopo, I just want to say that you don’t need to change who you are, you can still be big,” an emotional Sho said.
Other big winners of the night include rapper gunned down rapper Nipsey Hussle posthumously received the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, ‘Bodak Yellow’ crooner Cardi B won the Best Female Hip-Hop Act,Video of the Year went to Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’, the Viewers Choice of the Year Award went to singing sensation Ella Mai for her song ‘Trip’ and ‘Blackish star Marsai Martin won the Young Stars Award.