The Sunday night BET awards ceremony was a bliss as glamourous as the people involved, those nominated and of course those not only nominated but also awarded. The night was a limelight incorporating emotional and delightful moments. Performance by Tamar Braxton, Mary J Blige, and Bruno Mars among others is what made the event worthwhile.
Among those nominated for the 2017 BET awards hosted on Sunday the 25th June in Los Angeles and aired on Tuesday the 27 th was the South African: Amanda Black, Aka, Babes Wodumo and Nasty C, neither of which brought home an award, although that was the case, they surely made their mark by been nominated in arguably the best awards in the globe.
Aka was nominated for the third time this year and many had hoped the ‘caiphus song’ hit maker was bringing it home, but it seemed the rain had to pour at Nigeria for Wizkid who took the Best international: African award, a category in which he was nominated with the likes of Babes Wodumo; Nasty c and Aka from South Africa, Davido and Mr Eazi from Nigeria, and the Ghanian Stonebwoy.
The Eastern Cape born Amanda Benedicta Antony commonly known for her stage name Amanda Black was up against Jorja Smith from the UK, RayVanny from Tanzania, Changmo from South Korea, Daniel Ceasar from Canada, Dave from the UK and Skip Marley from Jamaica in her nominated category, The viewer’s choice best international Act, Which RayVanny took to Tanzania.
Among those awarded was the South African living legend Yvonne Chaka-chaka who was honoured with the Global good: power award.
Beyoncé’s awards weren’t fistful. Her album lemonade won the album of the year, her hit song sorry won the viewer’s choice, the hit song sorry’s video was awarded the video of the year and she and Kahlil Joseph each lifted the video director of the year award for the very song. It is indeed bundles of joy for the American star, who was allegedly blessed with a boy and a girl twins recently.
Remy MA took the best female hip-hop artist. The award that was taken by Nicki Minaj for the past seven years consecutively until of course, Sunday night. Kendrick Lamar got the best male hip-hop artist.
Taraji P. Henson, who portrays Cookie Lyon in the AFI awards winning series Empire took yet another BET best actress award adding to the two she won in 2015 and 2016. Mahershala Ali who was nominated with the likes of Denzel Washington won the best actor.
Sport-wise, Serena Williams and Stephen Curry got the best sportswoman and the best sportsman respectively.
Bruno Mars won the best male R&B/pop artist and his song ‘24k magic’ won video of the year.
Chance the rapper who had raised $2 million dollars for Chicago public schools was honoured with the humanitarian award, he also took the best new artist and the best collaboration for the song ‘No problem’ in which he featured Lil Wayne and 2 chains.
Migos won the best group and best collaboration for their collabo with Lil Uzi Vert.
Learas won the best Gospel award.
And Stormzy from England took to the queen’s land the Best international act: Europe.