During the week, millions of entertainment enthusiasts were treated to the 2016 edition of the BET Awards as it was revealed that legendary South African artiste, Black Coffee, became the first South African artiste to win the Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards, while Nigerian rapper, Falz, clinched the Viewer’s Choice in the Best New Act category.
The international presentation, which took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, was hosted by American actress and model Eva Marcille and Nigerian-American recording artiste Jidenna, who co-presented the awards for Best International Act: Africa, and Viewer’s Choice: “Best New International Act”.
The event also featured the presentation of the Global Good Award to this year’s honoree, global humanitarian and musical icon Akon, while rapper and MC SKEPTA took home the honour for Best International UK performer.
Ground-breaking DJ Black Coffee was greeted with a standing ovation from fellow nominees Cassper Nyovest, as his name was announced. The legendary artiste also performed at the celebration of the honourees at the Grammy Museum the night prior to the awards ceremony.
Commenting on the award show, Alex Okosi, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks, operator of BET in Africa, disclosed: “There will be celebrations in South Africa and Nigeria after this landmark win for African music talent. For two such outstanding and exciting artistes – both established and emerging – to have their talent showcased to the world at a prestigious ceremony like the BET Awards is incredibly gratifying and humbling, and exceeds even our wildest dreams.”
As previously announced, hip-hop superstar and global humanitarian Akon was named the 2016 “BET Awards” Global Good Award honouree. The second annual Global Good Award honours individuals championing endeavors which positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world.
The Grammy and BET Award-nominated, two-time multi-platinum musical artiste, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon holds a place in industry history as one of music’s most influential voices and is this year’s 2016 Global Good Award honoree.