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BURNA BOY, TYLA, AND AYRA STARR LEAD THE LINES AT THE 2024 BET AWARDS

African nominees at the 2024 BET Awards

The 2024 BET Awards nominees have been announced, and African artists are making an unprecedented impact.

Ayra Starr, Burna Boy, and Tyla lead the charge, showcasing the vibrant talent coming from the continent.

This year’s list reflects a growing recognition of African music on a global scale.

Drake may lead the nominations with seven nods in major categories like Best Album, Best Male Pop Artist, and Best Collaboration

but the dominance of African and Nigerian artists in categories traditionally segregated from international acts is the real story here.

Burna Boy’s Landmark Nominations

Burna Boy, known for his Afro-fusion sound, has once again proven his global appeal.

He’s been nominated for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, making him only the second Nigerian artist to achieve this, following Wizkid in 2022.

Burna Boy also made history by securing a nomination in the Best Male Hip-Hop Artist category, standing shoulder to shoulder with heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Lil Wayne.

This nomination marks the first time a Nigerian artist (excluding Wale) has been recognized in this category.

Ayra Starr: A Rising Star

Ayra Starr has captured the spotlight with three nominations, making her the leading Nigerian artist on the nominee list.

Her talent and influence continue to grow, and her recognition at the BET Awards highlights her as a significant force in the music industry.

Tems: More Than Just a Voice

Tems, another Nigerian powerhouse, has earned two nominations, including one for Video Director of the Year.

Her versatility and creativity extend beyond her vocal performances, showcasing her multifaceted contributions to the music scene.

Seyi Vibez and Asake: New Voices Rising

Seyi Vibez, the street messiah, has been nominated for the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act.

This nomination underscores his growing popularity and the impact of his music.

Meanwhile, Mr. Money himself, Asake, is in the running for Best International Act

solidifying his status as a rising star on the global stage.

Tyla: Leading the African Nominations

Tyla leads the frontline for African artists with four nominations, reflecting her significant impact and the growing recognition of her work.

Full List of Categories and Nominations at the 2024 BET Awards

Album of the year

Chris Brown, 11:11
Gunna: A Gift & A Curse
21 Savage, American Dream
Usher, Coming Home
Drake, For All the Dogs (Scary Hours Edition)
Victoria Monét, Jaguar II
Killer Mike, Michael
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday 2

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé
Coco Jones
Doja Cat
H.E.R.
Muni Long
SZA
Tyla
Victoria Monét

Best male R&B/pop artist

Brent Faiyaz
Bryson Tiller
Burna Boy
Chris Brown
Drake
Fridayy
October London
Usher

Best group

¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
41
Blxst & Bino Rideaux
City Girls
Flo
Maverick City Music
Wanmor

Best collaboration

Lil Durk feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar, “America Has a Problem (Remix)”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua), “Barbie World”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “Bongos”
¥$, Ye, Ty Dolla $ign feat. Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, “Carnival”
Lola Brooke feat. Latto & Yung Miami, “Don’t Play With It (Remix)”
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Uzi Vert, “Everybody”
Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage, “Good Good”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”

Best female hip-hop artist

Cardi B
Doja Cat
GloRilla
Ice Spice
Latto
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Sexyy Red

Best male hip-hop artist

21 Savage
Burna Boy
Drake
Future
Gunna
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Lil Wayne

Best new artist

41
4Batz
Ayra Starr
Bossman Dlow
Fridayy
October London
Sexyy Red
Tyla

Video of the year

Doja Cat, “Agora Hills”
Lil Durk feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice (With Aqua), “Barbie World”
Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion, “Bongos”
Drake feat. J. Cole, “First Person Shooter”
Usher, Summer Walker & 21 Savage, “Good Good”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”

Video director of the year

Benny Boom
Child.
Cole Bennett
Dave Meyers
Janelle Monáe & Alan Ferguson
Offset
Tems
Tyler, The Creator

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Shirley Caesar, “Award All of the Glory”
Kirk Franklin, “All Things”
Halle Bailey, “Angel”
CeCe Winans, “Come Jesus Come”
Erica Campbell, Do You Believe in Love?”
Maverick City Music, Naomi Raine & Chandler Moore, “God Problems”
Tems, “Me & U”
Kirk Franklin, “Try Love”

Viewer’s choice award

Doja Cat, “Agora Hills”
Lil Durk feat. J. Cole, “All My Life”
Gunna, “Fukumean”
Jack Harlow, “Lovin on Me”
Muni Long, “Made for Me”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
Drake feat. Sexyy Red & SZA, “Rich Baby Daddy”
Chris Brown feat. Davido & Lojay, “Sensational”
Beyoncé, “Texas Hold ‘Em”
Tyla, “Water”

best international act

Asake (Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Ayra Starr (Africa)
Bk’ (Brazil)
Cleo Sol (UK)
Focalistic (Africa)
Karol Conká (Brazil)
Raye (UK)
Tiakola (France)
Tyla (Africa)

Viewer’s choice: best new international act

Bellah (UK)
Cristale (UK)
Duquesa (Brazil)
Holly G (France)
Jungeli (France)
Makhadzi (Africa)
Oruam (Brazil)
Seyi Vibez (Africa)
Tyler Icu (Africa)

BET Her

Beyoncé, “16 Carriages”
Nicki Minaj feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard, “Blessings”
Ayra Starr, “Commas”
Flo feat. Missy Elliott, “Fly Girl”
Megan Thee Stallion, “Hiss”
Victoria Monét, “On My Mama”
SZA, “Saturn”
GloRilla, “Yeah Glo!”

Best movie

American Fiction
Bob Marley: One Love
Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
The Book of Clarence
The Color Purple
The Equalizer 3
The Little Mermaid

Best actor

Anthony Mackie
Colman Domingo
Damson Idris
Denzel Washington
Donald Glover
Idris Elba
Jeffrey Wright
Lakeith Stanfield

Best actress

Angela Bassett
Ayo Edebiri
Coco Jones
Danielle Brooks
Fantasia
Halle Bailey
Issa Rae
Regina King

YoungStars Award

Akira Akbar
Blue Ivy Carter
Demi Singleton
Heiress Diana Harris
Jabria McCullum
Jalyn Hall
Leah Jeffries
Van Van

Sportswoman of the Year Award

A’ja Wilson
Angel Reese
Coco Gauff
Flau’jae Johnson
Juju Watkins
Naomi Osaka
Sha’carri Richardson
Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year Award

Anthony Edwards
Gervonta Davis
Jalen Brunson
Jalen Hurts
Kyrie Irving
Lebron James
Patrick Mahomes
Stephen Curry

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