By Dipo Olowookere
Popular pay TV service provider, DStv, has promised to give its subscribers in Africa the opportunity to watch the 2017 BET Awards, which holds on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7pm and airs on BET (DStv channel 129).
During the star-studded awards ceremony, there would be performances from Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Big Sean as well as Trevor Noah and others.
The iconic annual show will also have performances from previously announced hit makers including Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton.
The 2017 BET Awards has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts.
In addition, leading entertainers across television, film, sports, comedy and music join as presenters at the 2017 BET Awards including Trevor Noah, Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ ‘Girls Trip’ (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr.
These names represent some of the most accomplished talent and rising stars in the industry today.
Commenting on this, the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Mr Alex Okosi, stated that, “The rich performance line-up certainly lives up to the prestigious nature of the annual ceremony and Africa is undoubtedly well represented with 12 African personalities being honoured across three different categories.
“It is also exciting that Africa’s own Trevor Noah, an acclaimed international star, will be presenting an award.”
Africa will be greatly represented at the prestigious event with singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka and social activist Ilwad Elman being awarded with International Global Good Star and Power Awards.
Eight leading African artistes including AKA, Nasty C, Babes Wodumo, Wizkid, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Davido and Stonebwoy will all vie for the Best International Act: Africa category.
‘Amazulu’ crooner, Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer, Ray Vanny, are nominated for Viewer’s Choice Award ‘Best International Act’, in conjunction with performers from the UK, South Korea, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.
As previously announced, Beyoncé dominates this year’s nominations with a total of seven including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration’ with Kendrick Lamar for ‘Freedom,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for Lemonade. Bruno Mars follows with five nods including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ and ‘Video of the Year’ for ‘24K Magic.’
Other nominees include Solange, nominated for four awards and who is up against sister Beyoncé for ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chance the Rapper and Migos receive four nominations as well, with Chance the Rapper nominated for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist’ and Migos for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for their #1 hit ‘Bad and Boujee’ with Lil Uzi Vert.
BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the 2017 BET Awards nominations.
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.
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