Burna Boy Wins 2020 BET Award For Best International Act

by Yinka Akanbi

Nigerian afrofusion artiste, Burna Boy, has emerged winner of this year’s BET Award for Best International Act.

The 2020 BET Awards held at L. A. Live, Los Angeles, USA virtually in the early hours of Monday and simulcasted via CBS due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burna Boy won the award for a second consecutive year ahead of Innoss’B (DR Congo), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Stormzy (United Kingdom), Dave (United Kingdom), Ninho (France) and S.Pri Noir (France).

In his acceptance remarks, the Grammy-nominated artiste said: “Second time and I appreciate it. I will like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835, there was admission to turn the nation of Africa into a dominated nation. Now is the time to return and go back to the royalty that we were because in order for black lives to matter, Africa must matter.”

This year’s edition featured performances by Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle and Megan Thee Stallion among others. Also, tributes were paid to late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant as well as American singer-songwriter, Little Richard.

Here is the full list of winners:

Album of the year: ‘Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial’, Roddy Ricch

Video of the year: ‘Higher’, DJ Khaled featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend

Best female R&B/pop artist: Lizzo

Best male R&B/pop artist: Chris Brown

Best female hip-hop artist: Megan Thee Stallion

Best male hip-hop artist: DaBaby

Best new artist: Roddy Ricch

Best group: Migos

Best collaboration: ‘No Guidance’, Chris Brown featuring Drake

Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award: Kirk Franklin, ‘Just for Me’

Video director of the year: Teyana Taylor

Humanitarian award: Beyoncé

Best actress: Issa Rae

Best actor: Michael B. Jordan

Best movie: “Queen & Slim”

Youngstars award: Marsai Martin

Sportswoman of the year: Simone Biles

Sportsman of the year: LeBron James

BET HER award: Beyoncé featuring Blue Ivy Carter, Wizkid and Saint JHN, ‘Brown Skin Girl’

Best international act: Burna Boy

Viewers’ choice for best new international act: Sha Sha

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