BET Africa has announced that music heavyweights Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Post Malone, Roman Gian Arthur and Jessie Reyez will perform at the 2017 BET Awards, as well as Lifetime Achievement Award recipients New Edition.  

The iconic annual show will also have performances from previously announced hit makers including Bruno MarsFuture, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton. The BET Awards have set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts. Hosted by stand-up comedian Leslie Jones, the 2017 BET Awards are sure to include unforgettable moments, appearances and performances you won’t want to miss! The 2017 BET Awards will air across Africa on BET (129) on Tuesday 27 June at 20:00.

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.

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa commented: “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 artists 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'n'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'n'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'n'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. A full list of the 2017 BET Awards nominees is available here.

BET Networks recognises 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.

Fans can support their favourite Viewer’s Choice Best International Act by voting online at or on social media and tweeting or tagging BET International @BET_Intl on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ipick. Voting closes on 22 June at 00:59

Russian Bear is the official South African broadcast sponsor for the 2017 BET Awards.

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