The BET Awards is currently in the eye of the storm. With many African artistes speaking on the poor handling and recognition given to them, there is a controversy raging within the continent.
The BET Awards expanded to Africa in 2011, with a joint award given to two African acts. It has since been reduced to a single winner, with Ghanaian artiste, Stonebwoy, picking up the honors for this year.
Pulse presents the complete list of winners below.
2011: 2face Idibia and D’banj (Nigeria)
When the BET Awards first created the Best International Act – Africa category in 2011, it was formatted for double artistes to jointly be celebrated.
2face Idibia was at the prime of his powers, with the ‘Unstoppable International Edition’ album, already expanding his brand via amazing singles including ‘Enter the place’ and ‘Fly’.
D’banj too was ruling the African continent by his alliance with Don Jazzy still up and kicking, and Mo’hits churning out hits after hits. Both Artistes picked up the award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 26, 2011.
2012: Wizkid (Nigeria) and Sarkodie (Ghana)
African superstar Wizkid picked up the BET at a time when his relevance to African music had stuck. Tehn signed to EME, Wizkid’s ‘Super star’ classic album took the continent by surprise, and the organisers of BET appreciated that.
Sarkodie’s relevance can never be overstated. The Ghanaian superstar ruled African Hip hop, and outside the continent, people sat up and took notice.
2013: Ice Prince (Nigeria)
The first of the solo winners, trendy Chocolate City rapper, Ice Prince made history as the first single recipient of the honor.
The rapper was all happiness and sunshine, as he made the trip from Nigeria to LA, where he was seen spotting a jacket designed with the US flag. He later went on to celebrate in style by releasing the popular ‘Fire Of Zamani’ album.
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2014: Davido (Nigeria)
Davido began 2014 in great style; he released the conceptual love song ‘Aye’. That set the tone for a successful year which also included a BET.
The singer received his gong at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California on June 29, 2014. And later went on to receive more accolades for his great pop contribution to music.
2015: Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The most controversial of the picks, Ghanaian artiste Stonebwoy received the award, which indirectly sparked a number of sustained discontent across Africa.
The CEO and founder of record label Burniton Music Group, however is still enjoying his lap of honour, as he celebrates his latest achievement.
2016: Black Coffee (South Africa)
Black Coffee of South Africa became the latest winner of the award in 2016 .