Johannesburg/Lagos, 7 June 2016: Today, BET (DStv channel 129) unveiled the nominees for the 2016 BET Awards Viewers’ Choice “Best New International Act” category. This year’s competition is tougher than ever, featuring talented up-and-coming artists from around the world including: Emtee (South Africa), Falz (Nigeria),MHD (France), Tkay Maidza (Australia), WSTRN (UK) and Section Boyz (UK).
Fans can vote their favourite new artist by voting online at BET.com or by taking the competition to social media and tweeting or tagging @BET_intl on Twitter andInstagram using the hashtag #ipick. Voting for the Viewer’s Choice category is now open, and will close on 22 June at 00:59 CAT.Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2016 “BET Awards” will include previously announced performances by Alicia Keys, Maxwell and more, as well as a star-studded tribute to legendary pop icon Prince featuring Sheila E., TheRoots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae on one of the year’s biggest nights in music.
The BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.
As previously announced, Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé andRihanna follow with five nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for top nods of the night including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’, ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’, ‘Video of the Year’, and ‘Best Collaboration’, for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’. Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’ Futurecould also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award’.
The BET Awards premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00CAT.
The BET Awards will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from 23-26 June 2016.
Russian Bear is the official South Africa sponsor of the BET Awards 2016.
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