By Nseobong Okon-Ekong

The Best International Act category in the BET Awards 2018 featuring, for the first time, the top nominees from Africa and Europe (as voted for by an academy of industry experts) in a contest, with the winner being honoured as part of the US broadcast.

This was announced by BET in Africa, part of the Viacom International Media Networks Africa multimedia entertainment portfolio as part of the nominations for the BET Awards taking place at Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 24 and premiering across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday, June 28.

It will be the first time BET Awards is recognising the growing international appeal of African artistes with five African artistes being honoured in the BET Awards. Leading the transformed Best International Act Award category are Nigerian musicians Davido and Tiwa Savage, South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and Gqom evolutionists Distruction Boyz 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.

Commenting on this year’s nominations, Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International, said: “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 artistes globally”.

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)

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)