Tyla leads African hopefuls in BET nominations

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The South African breakout star received four nominations for the 2024 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, the most nominations of any African artist this year.

The BET Awards, first introduced in 2001, is an annual show that celebrates the work of Black people across multiple platforms including music, film, and sports and has become a staple within the black community worldwide. 

This year’s edition is set to take place on Sunday 30th June 2024 in Los Angeles with plenty of African interest on offer with the theme being “Standing on Culture.”

Here are some of the African favourites who have a shot at winning.

Tyla: Four nominations

The newly crowned Grammy-award winner topped the list of African nominations, which was revealed on Thursday 16th May. She is up for; best Female R&B/Pop Artist, best International Act, best New Artist and Viewer’s Choice Award. 

Tyla has had one of the most successful breakout years, with her infamous song “Water” topping the charts across the world, already earning her accolades. Her debut album named “Tyla” released in March this year, saw her collaborate with some of the biggest and most recognisable artists in the world, including Travis Scott, Gunna, and Tems. 

It is expected for her to win big.  

Ayra Starr: Three nominations

The Nigerian-born star has been nominated for best New Artist, best International Act, and the BET HER award, a special award for songs that motivate and empower women. 

The young talent has gone from strength to strength within the last year, from releasing songs such as “Hype” with French singer Aya Nakamura to performing in sold-out tours worldwide. Her latest album “The Year I Turned 21” is expected to drop on Friday 31st May. She explains the album as a mixture of Afrobeats, R&B, and pop and will act as a documentary, detailing her rise to becoming global icon. 

Burna Boy: Two nominations

The four-time Nigerian BET winner has once again been recognised after being nominated twice this year; Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. 

Burna Boy’s newest album “I Told Them was an instant hit when released last year and these nominations marked a shift in his career as this is the first time he has been nominated in these categories. 

He would want to try and redeem himself this year following a disastrous result last year with no wins despite being up for seven awards.

Tems: Two nominations

The multi-award-winning 28-year-old from Nigeria is also no stranger to the BETs, racking up three wins, including one for her highly recognised song “Essence” with Wizkid. 

She is up this year for Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Artist for her song “Me & U” released late last year and Video Director of the Year. She will be hoping to continue her award season, following an earlier success, winning a Billboard Women in Music Award in March this year.

Others to watch out for

Davido and Lojay are both up for the Viewer’s Choice Award for their song “Sensational” with Chris Brown. Asake and Focalistic join Ayra Starr and Tyla as they battle it out for Best International Act. Makhadzi, Seyi Vibez, and Tyler ICU brought up the rear as they were all nominated for Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act. 

Here is a full list of the complete nominees for the BET Awards 2024