South African Rapper and Record Producer Cassper Nyovest in colourful vest with black hat, pointing towards you, smiling.

Watch the BET Awards 2018 on BET (DStv Channel 129) on Tuesday 28 June at 19:00 CAT, or watch online on DStv Now.

BET in Africa, part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio, today (Wednesday 16 May) announced the nominations for the BET Awards 2018 taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, 24 June 2018 and premiering across Africa on BET (DStv Channel 129) and on DStv Now on Tuesday 26 June at 19:00 CAT.

In a BET Awards first, the top nominees from Africa and Europe (as voted for by an academy of industry experts) will now compete for the Best International Act category, with the winner being honoured as part of the US broadcast.

Recognising the growing international appeal of African artists, five African artists have been honoured in the BET Awards. Leading the transformed Best International Act Award category from South Africa will be rapper Cassper Nyovest and Gqom evolutionists Distruction Boyz alongside Nigerian musicians Davido and Tiwa Savage and Congolese star Fally Ipupa. Also included in the category are French performers Booba and Dadju and UK acts J Hus, Stefflon Don and Stormzy.

Commented Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International: “We are excited that the Best International Award will be presented on-stage during the live broadcast. The inclusion of the award in the main show signals the influence of international artists globally”.

The culturally-charged, performance-driven, thought-provoking show returns for its 18th year and as with previous years is expected to turn out a show like no other.  DJ Khaled dominates this year’s nominations with a total of 6 including ‘Video of the Year,’ two for ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller for Wild Thoughts, and with Beyoncé and Jay-Z for Top Off, ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice.’ Kendrick Lamar follows with five nods including ‘Best Collaboration,’ with Rihanna for Loyalty, ‘Video of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice.’ Other leading nominees include Migos, nominated for four awards including ‘Best Group,’ and ‘Album of the Year,” and SZA, also nominated for four awards, including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist.’

The iconic broadcast continues to tackle culturally relevant topics and conversations, delivering some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. In 2017, Bruno Mars opened the show with a funky, energetic performance of his hit Perm, then returned to the stage moments later to accept his first-ever BET Awards win for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, XSCAPE reunited for the first time in eighteen years to perform a medley of hits, UnderstandingWho Can I Run to, and, Just Kickin’ ItYara Shahidi voiced the importance of supporting blackness and thanked BET for celebrating black culture so beautifully while accepting the Young Stars Award, and Michelle Obama and BET Chairman Debra Lee introduced Chance the Rapper who gave an impassioned speech after receiving the evening’s Humanitarian Award. The BET Awards raises the standard, year over year, for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking and talked-about broadcasts. 

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the "BET Awards 2018" 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 will be able to cast their vote for their favourite Best International Act nominees beginning today on BET.com and on both Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa @BET_TV_FR @BET_Intl using each artist’s designated hashtag.

The complete list of nominees for the BET Awards 2018 are:

The Best International Act 

Booba (France)

Cassper Nyovest (SA)

Dadju (France)

Davido (Nigeria)

Distruction Boyz (Sa)

Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)

J Hus (Uk)

Niska (France)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Stefflon Don (Uk)

Stormzy (Uk)

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
Beyoncé
Sza
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani
                               
Best Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar
                               
Best Group Award
Migos
A Tribe Called Quest
N.E.R.D.

Rae Sremmurd
Chloe X Halle
               
Best Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
DJ Khaled Feat. Beyoncé & Jay-Z - Top Off
Cardi B Feat. 21 Savage - Bartier Cardi
French Montana Feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Kendrick Lamar Feat. Rihanna - Loyalty
                               
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Drake
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J. Cole 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Dej Loaf
Rapsody
                               
Video of the Year Award
Drake - God's Plan
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Bruno Mars Feat. Cardi B - Finesse (Remix)
Dj Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Kendrick Lamar - Humble
Migos Feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It
               
Video Director of the Year Award
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava Duvernay
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers   

Best New Artist Award
SZA
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
Goldlink
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae Feat. Tori Kelly - I’ll Find You
Snoop Dogg Feat. B Slade - Words Are Few
Ledisi & Kirk Franklin - If You Don't Mind
Marvin Sapp - Close
Tasha Cobbs Leonard Feat. Nicki Minaj - I’m Getting Ready

The Best International Act Award

Booba (France)

Cassper Nyovest (SA)

Dadju(France)

Davido(Nigeria)

Distruction Boyz (SA)

Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)

J Hus (UK)

Niska (France)

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Stefflon Don (UK)

Stormzy (UK)

Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish
Lupita Nyong’o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson          

Best Actor Award         
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi
Ashton Tyler
Caleb Mclaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown

Best Movie Award
Black Panther
Girls Trip
A Wrinkle In Time
Detroit
Mudbound


Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor

Sportsman of the Year Award   
Stephen Curry

Lebron James
Kevin Durant
Dwyane Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award
Damn - Kendrick Lamar
Ctrl - Sza
4:44 - Jay-Z
Culture Ii - Migos
Black Panther: The Album - Kendrick Lamar & Various Artist
Grateful - DJ Khaled

BET Her Award
Janelle Monaé - Django Jane
Lizzo - Water Me
Mary J. Blige - Strength Of A Woman
Remy Ma Feat. Chris Brown - Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)
Chloe X Halle - The Kids Are Alright
Leikeli47 - 2nd Fiddle

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
Sza Feat. Travis Scott - Love Galore
Cardi B - Bodak Yellow
Kendrick Lamar - Humble
Drake - God’s Plan
Migos Feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj - Motorsport
DJ Khaled Feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

The BET Awards 2018 will be broadcast in partnership with Russian Bear on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, starting with a pre-show at 18:00 CAT, followed by the main awards show at 20:00 CAT and conclude with a post-show immediately after.

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