Cassper Nyovest nominated in new viewer’s choice award category for BET Awards 2015

casper1BET Awards’ season is underway! And for the first time ever, BET (DStv channel 129) has introduced a new fan-voted award category celebrating rising stars from across the channel’s international footprint: the Viewer’s Choice Best NEW International Artist.

Comprising 3 hot new artists from Africa and 3 new artists from the UK, the category will see Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Mz Vee (Ghana) go up against George The Poet (UK), MIC Lowry (UK) and Novelist (UK).

Fans can vote for their favourite new artist at and on Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #ipick. Voting opens on 15 June @ 17:00 CAT and will close on 27 June @ 01:00 CAT.

The BET Awards 2015 will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (DStv channel 135) on Tuesday 30 June at 20:10 CAT.

BET previously revealed that talented actors, comedic geniuses and on-screen co-stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will be unleashing the good times as hosts of this year’s “BET Awards” 2015, taking place on Sunday 28 June at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.

The BET Awards recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the “BET Awards” 2015 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

Eight contemporary African artists have previously been nominated for Best International Act: Africa at this year’s prestigious awards ceremony. Repping for Africa are Aka (South Africa), The Soil (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Sarkodie (Ghana), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Sauti Sol (Kenya). In addition, Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese has been awarded the inaugural Global Good Award in recognition of her philanthropic efforts in Africa.

You can check out the full nominations list below.

BET Awards 2015 Nominations

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Janelle Monáe
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Best Group

A$AP Mob
Rae Sremmurd
Rich Gang
Young Money

Best Collaboration

August Alsina feat. Nicki Minaj – “No Love (Remix)”
Big Sean Feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown Feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma)
Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Maros – “Uptown Funk”

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

Big Sean
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

Azealia Banks
DeJ Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year

Beyonce – “7/11?
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross – “New Flame”
Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From the motion picture Selma)
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom
Beyonce, Ed Burke, & Todd Tourso
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams

Best New Artist

Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Sam Smith

Best Gospel Artist

Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Beyonce – “7/11?
DeJ Loaf – “Try Me”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Nicki Minaj fear. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown – “Only”
Rae Sremmurd feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug – “Throw Sum Mo”
The Weeknd – “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)

Centric Award

Avery Sunshine – “Call My Name”
Jazmine Sullivan feat. Meek Mill – “Dumb”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Sam Smith feat. Mary J. Blige – “Stay With Me”
The Weeknd – “Earned It” (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)

Best International Act: Africa

AKA (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK

fka Twigs
Fuse ODG
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz

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