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The Viewers’ Choice Best New International Act category nominees have been revealed for the 2016 BET Awards and it's going to be tough competition.

The category features up coming talent from around the world and this year these artists are going up against each other are Emtee (South Africa), Falz (Nigeria), MHD (France), Tkay Maidza (Australia), WSTRN (UK) and Section Boyz (UK). 

The BET Awards premiere on BET (129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT.

Fans can vote their favourite new artist by voting online at or by taking the competition to social media and tweeting or tagging @BET_intl on Twitter and Instagram 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., The Roots, D’Angelo and Janelle Monae on one of the year’s biggest nights in music. 

The BET Awards recognises 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 and Rihanna 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. Future could also walk away with four awards including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

The BET Awards will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from 23-26 June 2016.