BET Africa (DStv channel 129) has revealed that legendary South African artiste, Black Coffee has become the first South African artiste to win Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards, while Nigerian newcomer, Falz has accelerated his career with a well-deserved win in the Viewer’s Choice: Best New Act category.
The international presentation, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, was hosted by American actress and model Eva Marcille and Nigerian-American recording artiste, Jidenna, who co-presented the awards for Best International Act: Africa, and Viewer’s Choice: “Best New International Act”.
The event also featured the presentation of the Global Good Award to this year’s honoree, global humanitarian and musical icon, Akon, while rapper and MC SKEPTA took home the honour for Best International UK performer.
Ground-breaking DJ BLACK COFFEE was greeted with a standing ovation from fellow nominee, Cassper Nyovest as his name was announced. The legendary artiste also performed at the celebration of the honorees at the Grammy Museum the night prior to the awards ceremony.
Falz won Viewer’s Choice “Best New International” Artiste after fans from around the world cast their votes on BET.com using the hashtag #ipick on social media.
As previously announced, hip-hop superstar and global humanitarian, Akon was named the 2016 “BET Awards” Global Good Award honoree. The second annual Global Good Award honours individuals championing endeavours which positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world. The Grammy- and BET Award-nominated two-time multi-platinum musical artiste, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon holds a place in industry history as one of music’s most influential voices and is this year’s 2016 Global Good Award honoree.