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2011 BET AWARDS Nominees Announced: 2Face Idibia, Teargas, D’Banj, D-Black, Fally Ipupa & Angelique Kidjo Nominated!

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Hi everybody!


It is official folks! The 2011 BET Awards will air live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on June 26th. This year’s BET Awards show will be hosted by comedian Kevin Hart it was announced at BET Studios on May 17, 2011 in New York City.

BET awards producer, Stephen Hill and comedian Kevin Hart

Of course we were more interested in finding (confirming at least) which African artists were going nominated at this year’s BET Awards. Recall, BET introduced this category last year because AFRICAN MUSIC was and continues to gain world-wide recognition. I would be remiss if I did not mention that the music that is coming out of Africa and/or by Africans world-wide is phenomenal! They are bringing the heat & I love that the music is resonating with the world!

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame

R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius

Roc Nation artist, J. Cole

At the 2010 BET Awards, the inaugural list of African artists were (unfortunately) lumped in the Best International Act category. See the list below:

Best International Act
Kojo Antwi (Ghana)
Chipmunk (UK)
Dizzee Rascal (UK)
Estelle (UK)
Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP) (South Africa)
K’NAAN (Somalia)
M.I. (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Corinne Bailey Rae (UK)
Sade (UK)

Who does this?!?! I thought that this was soooooo clumsy of BET. How do you put Sade with anyone in that category. I can’t even put Beyonce with Sade in same category. Sade equals ROYALTY. Anyway, I am happy to see that this year, BET listened to our concerns and separated the category to Best International Act: Africa and Best International Act: UK.

So without much further ado, the 2011 BET Awards nominations are:

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
D-Black (Ghana)
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Fally Ipupa (Congo DR)
Teargas (South Africa)

Best International Act: U.K.
VV Brown
Laura Izibor
Tinchy Stryder
Tinie Tempah

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Cee Lo Green
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz

Best Female R&B Artist
Marsha Ambrosius
Keri Hilson
Jennifer Hudson

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Nicki Minaj
LoLa Monroe

Best Group
Diddy-Dirty Money
Cali Swag District
New Boyz
Travis Porter

Best New Artist
J. Cole
Bruno Mars
Willow Smith
Wiz Khalifa

Best Collaboration
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall – “Deuces”
Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale – “No Hands”
Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name?”
Kanye West f/ Rihanna – “All of the Lights”

Video of the Year
Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away”
B.o.B f/ Hayley Williams of Paramore – “Airplanes”
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Keri Hilson – “Pretty Girl Rock”
Willow Smith – “Whip My Hair”
Kanye West f/ Pusha T – “Runaway”

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Mr. Boomtown
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams

Best Gospel
Byron Cage
Deitrick Haddon
Mary Mary
Karen Clark Sheard
BeBe & CeCe Winans

Best Actress
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Laz Alonso
Chris Brown
Don Cheadle
Idris Elba
Jamie Foxx

YoungStars Award
Shenell Edmonds
Keke Palmer
Diggy Simmons
Jaden Smith
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Death at a Funeral
For Colored Girls
The Book of Eli
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

Sportswoman of the Year
Tamika Catchings
Candice Dupree
Maya Moore
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Derrick Rose
Michael Vick

Viewers’ Choice Award
Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – “Look at Me Now”
Lil Wayne f/ Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Mindless Behavior – “My Girl”
Nicki Minaj f/ Drake – “Moment 4 Life”
Rihanna f/ Drake – “What’s My Name?”
Trey Songz f/ Nicki Minaj – “Bottoms Up”

Centric Award
Marsha Ambrosius
Eric Benet
Cee-Lo Green
R. Kelly


Which African Artist Will Scoop The 2011 BET Award?!?


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  • johnson

    2 baba his bringin it home.