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Burna Boy, Rema get 2020 BET Awards nominations alongside Drake, Chris Brown, Future and more

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Drake leads the way with six nominations while Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are next on five nominations each.Burna Boy, Rema get 2020 BET Awards nominations. (FADER/Legit)Burna Boy, Rema get 2020 BET Awards nominations. (FADER/Legit)

On Jun 15, 2020, the Black Entertainment Television (BET), the organizations of the annual BET Awards announced the nominations for the 2020 BET Awards. Nigerian stars, Grammy-nominated Burna Boy and MAVIN Rema were nominated in the Best International Act and Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act categories respectively. 

You might remember that Burna Boy famously won the Best International Act category at the 2019 BET Awards. During the acceptance speech, his mom and manager, Bose Ogulu famously steered the crowd with tales of blackness. Other Nigerian winners in this category include, Ice Prince, Davido, D’Banj and Tuface. 

Other Africans in the Best International Act category include South African singer, Sho Madjozi and Innos’B from Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act category, Zimbabwean act, Sha Sha was nominated. 

The 2020 BET Awards will mark ceremony’s 20th anniversary and BET’s 40th anniversary. A simulcast will commence live from (8 p.m. ET) across Viacom/CBS networks on June 28, 2020. 

Drake leads the way with six nominations while Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are next on five nominations each. Here are the full nominations for the awards;

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R.

JHENE AIKO

KEHLANI

LIZZO

SUMMER WALKER

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN

JACQUEES

KHALID

THE WEEKND

USHER

BEST GROUP

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

EARTHGANG

GRISELDA

JACKBOYS

MIGOS

BEST COLLABORATION

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE – NO GUIDANCE

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND – HIGHER

FUTURE FT. DRAKE – LIFE IS GOOD

H.E.R. FT. YG – SLIDE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – HOT GIRL SUMMER

WALE FT. JEREMIH – ON CHILL

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

FUTURE

LIL BABY

RODDY RICCH

TRAVIS SCOTT

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

DOJA CAT

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

SAWEETIE

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE – NO GUIDANCE

DABABY – BOP

DJ KHALED FT. NIPSEY HUSSLE & JOHN LEGEND – HIGHER

DOJA CAT – SAY SO

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH – THE BOX

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

COLE BENNETT

DAVE MEYERS

DIRECTOR X

EIF RIVERA

TEYANA “SPIKE TEE” TAYLOR

BEST NEW ARTIST

DANILEIGH

LIL NAS X

POP SMOKE

RODDY RICCH

SUMMER WALKER

YBN CORDAE

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

CUZ I LOVE YOU – LIZZO

FEVER – MEGAN THEE STALLION

HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM – BEYONCÉ

I USED TO KNOW HER – H.E.R.

KIRK – DABABY

PLEASE EXCUSE ME FOR BEING ANTISOCIAL – RODDY RICCH

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

FRED HAMMOND – ALRIGHT

JOHN P. KEE FT. ZACARDI CORTEZ – I MADE IT OUT

KANYE WEST – FOLLOW GOD

KIRK FRANKLIN – JUST FOR ME

PJ MORTON FT. LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON & MARY MARY – ALL IN HIS PLAN

THE CLARK SISTERS – VICTORY

BEST ACTRESS

ANGELA BASSETT

CYNTHIA ERIVO

ISSA RAE

REGINA KING

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

BILLY PORTER

EDDIE MURPHY

FOREST WHITAKER

JAMIE FOXX

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX HIBBERT

ASANTE BLACKK

JAHI DI’ALLO WINSTON

MARSAI MARTIN

MILES BROWN

STORM REID

BEST MOVIE

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME

HARRIET

HOMECOMING: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ

JUST MERCY

QUEEN & SLIM

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

AJEÉ WILSON

CLARESSA SHIELDS

COCO GAUFF

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO

KAWHI LEONARD

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

PATRICK MAHOMES II

STEPHEN CURRY

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS – UNDERDOG

BEYONCÉ FT. BLUE IVY CARTER, WIZKID & SAINT JHN – BROWN SKIN GIRL

CIARA FT. LUPITA NYONG’O, ESTER DEAN, CITY GIRLS & LA LA – MELANIN

LAYTON GREENE – I CHOOSE

LIZZO FT. MISSY ELLIOTT – TEMPO

RAPSODY FT. PJ MORTON – AFENI

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CHRIS BROWN FT. DRAKE – NO GUIDANCE

DABABY – BOP

FUTURE FT. DRAKE – LIFE IS GOOD

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. NICKI MINAJ – HOT GIRL SUMMER

RODDY RICCH – THE BOX

THE WEEKND – HEARTLESS

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

INNOSS’B (DRC)

SHO MADJOZI (SOUTH AFRICA)

DAVE (U.K.)

STORMZY (U.K.)

NINHO (FRANCE)

S.PRI NOIR (FRANCE)

VIEWER’S CHOICE: BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL ACT

REMA (NIGERIA)

SHA SHA (ZIMBABWE)

CELESTE (U.K.)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (U.K.)

HATIK (FRANCE)

STACY (FRANCE)

After Burna Boy‘s win at the 2019 BET Awards, here are videos of his Bose Ogulu, his mo and manager getting interviewed as well as Burna Boy dancing;

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Beyoncé features Tems on the girls’ anthem, “MOVE”

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Tems and Grace Jones add vocals on Beyoncé’s MOVE, track 10, produced by Guilty Beatz and P2J on her newly released album, RENAISSANCE. The song’s deep bass drums and claps give it a lively touch as the lyrics invigorate the listeners, especially the female audience to take charge of their lives, making sure their presence is felt anytime they step into a building.

Beyoncé’s verses are as commanding as can be, “Move, move, move, move (Move) / Yeah, you gotta move, move / Anything you do / Will be held against you”, she boldly sings in the first verse; Tems, on the other hand, did not get a verse to her name but can be heard on the interlude chanting “Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / It’s the girl, it’s the ‘Yoncé groove”, which sounds like a declaration of intention, notifying any other crew present not to mess with hers, the “’Yoncé groove”.

The bouncy beat and Grace Jones’ backup vocals on each verse serve as a hint to the ladies to move and bounce to the words being said on MOVE.

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Portable’s uncouth behaviour and proclaimed gang affiliations get him disqualified from the Headies Award 2022

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The organisers of the music award show, Headies Award have disqualified upcoming street-hop singer Portable for his uncouth behaviour, untamed public speeches and proclaimed affiliation with the notorious group, One Million Boys.

This will not be the first time Portable has got into trouble with the organisers of the show. The first time around was due to his controversial statement in a video in which he threatened to use force, even going as far as saying he will kill somebody (which translates to other nominees of the categories he is vying for) if he does not emerge winner during the event scheduled to hold later this year.

However, what warranted Portable’s disqualification from this year’s Headies Award show is the recent video of him associating himself with the dreadful cult – One Million Boys, which he claimed to have founded the group. “Have you heard of Ajah boy? One Million Boys? I established them.”, Portable said in his usual tell-all nonchalant manner. The statement has led to an ongoing investigation by the Nigerian Police Force.

Headies reason as to why Portable is getting disqualified reads in part: We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from any artists and hereby linked to such assembly or activities including Mr Okikiola’s [publicly known as Portable] prospects as long as these acts are linked to him as described.

Portable bagged nominations in the Rookie of the Year and Best Street Artist categories for having sprung up to commercial or mainstream recognition with his hit song, Zazu Zeh, but will lose all nods for being “reckless” and “uncouth”.

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M.I is proud to be “The Guy” on new single

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Me I like the way that I be feeling now and that’s on Poe”, M.I Abaga smartly lays the bar, using witty wordplay to present his current emotions, that of being The Guy of course. So many matters are on the Nigerian rap veteran’s chest and what better way to let them off than on the microphone like he has thoroughly done for almost two decades now.

M.I addresses different subject matters over his extensive career with clever bars, moving from one situation to the other one while making sure to keep listeners entertained through the two minutes, forty-four seconds rap single. First off, he speaks about his reconciled relationship with Vector, “And me and Vector are cool even though we don’t chat on a daily” before diving into longtime beef with Yung6ix, “Looking Yung6ix coming for the God MC / Man that s–t pain me”.

M.I shouts out label mate and fellow rapper, Loose Kaynon, “And my guy Loose, he got the Jordan connect like he Israeli”; incorporates a voice note from Tiwa Savage which says “Yo, keep that same energy fam“, just immediately after namedropping her in a punchline, “Anybody wants to get to rapping, we could make it happen oh, my guy show/ But remember sey no be only Tiwa Savage that’s on go”; brags without barriers, “Top of the rap game in three decades, call man ‘King’”, all these he does to show why he is the guy.

The Guy dwells more on M.I words than on its instrumental, giving room for proper enunciation and clarity of words from the rapper, passing the intended message. It will be the intro song on the album of the same name, coming out on August 18.

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