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Burna Boy, Rema nominated for 2020 BET awards + Full List

The Event will be held June 28

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Grammy-nominated Nigerian artiste Burna Boy and countryman Rema of MAVIN Records have both been nominated in the Best International Act and Viewers Choice Best New International Act categories respectively at the 2020 Black Entertainment Television (BET) awards.

Burna Boy’s Best International Act award at the 2019 BET awards is still fresh on our memories as he gets nominated for the prestigious award for the second year running.

The Nigerian artiste who has labeled his music Afrofusion which he explains as Afrobeat music originated by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti infused with contemporary Hip-hop, Dancehall, Reggae, and RNB sounds

Burna Boy’s distinct African sound, deep soothing voice with lyrics reminiscent of the African culture, has seen him rise to become an internationally sought after artiste.

His album African Giant released in July 2019 received good reviews by music critics who commended its cohesiveness and originality of sound.

The album was nominated for Album of the year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Rema on the other hand has been nominated for Viewers Choice Best New International Act. The category honours new artistes making waves around the world and has featured the likes of Teni also from Nigeria and Kwesi Arthur from Ghana in the past.

Rema, who is signed onto MAVIN Records owned by business mogul Don Jazzy, has also taken the African music scene by storm with hits like Beamer, Dumebi, and Bad Commando.

Barack Obama revealed that his song Lady was on his playlist proving how far the new artistes music has travelled.

As many music critics have said, it is a great time for African music with the world tapping into the rich diversity of sounds Africa has to offer.

Like Burna Boy himself said, in an interview with American based South African comedian and TV host Trevor Noah, when asked why Afrobeat and African music is coming to the fore today, music originated from Africa and it is always going to circle back to its roots because when everything else fails everyone heads home.

The African sound in its purest form is the most beautiful music you can find and the world is finally beginning to realise that.

Complete List of Nominees

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyonce

H.E.R. 

Jhene Aiko

Kehlani

Lizzo

Summer Walker

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

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Anderson .Paak

Chris Brown

Jacquees

Khalid 

The Weeknd

Usher 

Best Group

Chloe X Halle

City Girls

EarthGang

Griselda

JackBoys

Migos

Best Collaboration

“No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake

“Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend

“Life is Good,” Future featuring Drake

“Slide,” H.E.R. featuring YG

“Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

“On Chill,” Wale featuring Jeremih 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Future

Lil Baby 

Roddy Ricch

Travis Scott

Best Female Hip Hop Artist 

Cardi B

Doja Cat

Lizzo

Megan Thee Stallion

Nicki Minaj

Saweetie

Video of the Year

“No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake

“Bop,” DaBaby

“Higher,” DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend

“Say So,” Doja Cat

“Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign

“The Box,” Roddy Ricch

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

Cole Bennett

Dave Meyers

Director X

Eif Rivera

Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor

Best New Artist 

Danileigh

Lil Nas X

Pop Smoke

Roddy Ricch

Summer Walker 

YBN Cordae

Album of the Year

Cuz I Luv You, Lizzo

Fever, Megan Thee Stallion

Homecoming: The Live Album, Beyonce

I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.

Kirk, DaBaby

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, Roddy Ricch

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

“Alright,” Fred Hammond 

“I Made It Out,” John P. Kee featuring Zacardi Cortez

“Follow God,” Kanye West

“All In His Plan,” PJ Morton featuring Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary 

“Victory,” The Clark Sisters

Best Actress

Angela Bassett

Cynthia Erivo

Issa Rae

Regina King

Tracee Ellis Ross

Zendaya 

Best Actor

Billy Porter

Eddie Murphy

Forest Whitaker

Jamie Foxx

Michael B. Jordan

Omari Hardwick  

Youngstars Award

Alex Hibbert

Asante Blackk

Jahi Di’Allo Winston

Marsai Martin

Miles Brown

Storm Reid

Best Movie

Bad Boys For Life

Dolemite Is My Name

Harriet

Homecoming: A Film By Beyonce

Just Mercy

Queen & Slim 

Sportswoman of the Year

Ajeé Wilson

Claressa Shields

Coco Gauff

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Sportsman of the Year

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Kawhi Leonard

Lebron James

Odell Beckham Jr.

Patrick Mahomes II

Stephen Curry

BET Her Award

“Underdog,” Alicia Keys

“Brown Skin Girl,” Beyonce featuring Blue Ivy Carter, WizKid and SAINt JHN

“Melanin,” Ciara featuring Lupita Nyong’o, Ester Dean, City Girls and LaLa

“I Choose,” Layton Greene

“Tempo,” Lizzo featuring Missy Elliot

“Afeni,” Rapsody featuring PJ Morton

Viewer’s Choice Award

“No Guidance,” Chris Brown featuring Drake

“Bop,” DaBaby

“Life is Good,” Future featuring Drake

“Hot Girl Summer,” Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj

“The Box,” Roddy Ricch

“Heartless,” The Weeknd

Best International Act

Burna Boy

Innoss’B

Sho Madjozi

Dave

Stormzy

Ninho

S.Pri Noir

Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act

Rema

Sha Sha

Celeste

Young T & Bugsey

Hatik

Stacy

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