South African artist Cassper Nyovest

BET announces the first ever Viewer's Choice 'Best New International' Artist category

BET Awards’ season is underway! And for the first time ever, BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (Channel 135) has introduced a new fan-voted award category celebrating rising stars from across the channel’s international footprint called the Viewer’s Choice Best NEW International Artist

Comprising 3 hot new artists from Africa and 3 new artists from the UK, the category will see Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Mz Vee (Ghana) go up against George The Poet (UK), MIC Lowry (UK) and Novelist (UK). 

Fans can vote for their favourite new artist at and on Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #ipick. Voting opens from15 June at 17:00 CAT and will close on 27 June at 01:00 CAT.



The BET Awards 2015 will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (DStv channel 135) on Tuesday 30 June at 20:10 CAT.

BET previously revealed that talented actors, comedic geniuses and on-screen co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be unleashing the good times as hosts of this year’s BET Awards 2015, taking place on Sunday 28 June at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.

The BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the BET Awards 2015 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.

Eight contemporary African artists have previously been nominated for Best International Act: Africa at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony. Repping for Africa are Aka (South Africa), The Soil (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria),Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Sarkodie (Ghana), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Sauti Sol (Kenya). In addition, Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese has been awarded the inaugural Global Good Award in recognition of her philanthropic efforts in Africa.

The full list of the BET Award 2015 nominations is now available at

For more information on BET Awards2015, visit www.betafrica.tvlike us on Facebook at or join the conversation about the awards on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa,and @BETAWARDS using the hashtag #BETAWARDS.