Entertainment: African Music Stars Nominated for BET U.S. Awards

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Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and Davido alongside South Africa’s Mafikizolo, Ghana’s Sarkodie, Togo’s Toofan and Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz have been nominated for the Best International Act in Africa. Nigerian-British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o were also nominated in Best Actor and Best Actress categories respectively at the BET Awards.

The superstar couple have garnered five nods apiece at the annual awards ceremony celebrating the best in black entertainment, while rapper Drake is also up for five gongs.

Beyonce is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year for ‘Partition’, and also shares two nods with husband Jay – Best Collaboration and Video of the Year for their hit single, Drunk in Love.

Jay is also up for Best Male Hip Hop Artist and has a Best Collaboration nod with Justin Timberlake for their track together, Holy Grail.

In the Best International Act: Africa category, artists Davido (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Sarkodie (Ghana), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) and Toofan (Togo) received nominations.

BET’s president of music programming and specials Stephen Hill said: “This year’s nominees represent the best of the culture. It’s great to see our talented new artist’s right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.”

Pharrell Williams celebrates four nominations, including Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and Best Collaboration for Robin Thicke’s hugely successful anthem Blurred Lines.

Meanwhile, the acting categories recognize stand-out performances from 12 Years a Slave stars Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scandal leading lady Kerry Washington, and talk show legend Oprah Winfrey.

Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave is nominated for Best Movie along with The Butler and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The 2014 BET Awards will take place on Sunday, 29th June, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

2014 BET Awards nominations:

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Janelle Monáe

Jhené Aiko

K. Michelle


Tamar Braxton

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

August Alsina

Chris Brown

John Legend

Justin Timberlake

Pharrell Williams

Best Group

A$AP Mob

Daft Punk

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Young Money

Best Collaboration

August Alsina feat. Trinidad Jame$ – ‘I Luv This’

Beyoncé feat. JAY Z – ‘Drunk In Love’

Drake feat. Majid Jordan – ‘Hold On (We’re Going Home)’

JAY Z feat. Justin Timberlake – ‘Holy Grail’

Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams – ‘Blurred Lines’

YG feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – ‘My Hitta’

Best Male Hip Hop Artist



J. Cole


Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Angel Haze

Charli Baltimore


Iggy Azalea

Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year

Beyoncé – ‘Partition’

Beyoncé feat. JAY Z – ‘Drunk In Love’

Chris Brown – ‘Fine China’

Drake – ‘Worst Behavior’

Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Chris Brown

Colin Tilley

Director X

Hype Williams

Best New Artist

Ariana Grande

August Alsina

Mack Wilds

Rich Homie Quan

ScHoolboy Q

Best Gospel Artist

Donnie McClurkin

Erica Campbell

Hezekiah Walker

Tamela Mann

Tye Tribbett

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Gabrielle Union

Kerry Washington

Lupita Nyong’o

Oprah Winfrey

Best Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Forest Whitaker

Idris Elba

Kevin Hart

Michael B. Jordan

YoungStars Award

Gabrielle Douglas

Jacob Latimore

Jaden Smith

KeKe Palmer


Best Movie

12 Years a Slave

The Best Man Holiday

Fruitvale Station

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Subway Sportswoman of the Year

Brittney Griner

Lolo Jones

Serena Williams

Skylar Diggins

Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year

Blake Griffin

Carmelo Anthony

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Kevin Durant

LeBron James

Centric Award

Aloe Blacc – ‘The Man’

Jennifer Hudson feat. T.I. – ‘I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)’

Jhené Aiko – ‘The Worst’

LiV Warfield – ‘Why Do You Lie?’

Wale feat. Sam Dew – ‘LoveHate Thing’

Best International Act: UK

Dizzee Rascal


Krept & Konan

Laura Mvula

Rita Ora

Tinie Tempah

Best International Act: Africa

Davido (Nigeria)

Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Sarkodie (Ghana)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Toofan (Togo)

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