South Africa’s Sho Madjozi Made History At The 2019 BET Awards

BET Awards 2019 has come and gone but the memories linger. The award night in Los Angeles which celebrates the black community had its hilarious and teary moments. 

After sweeping the Grammy, it was not surprising seeing Cardi B repeat the same at the BET Awards. Cardi B won the ‘Best Female Hip-hop Artist’ and Album of the Year. It was also a moment of cheers when Tyler Perry walked up the stage to take his ‘Ultimate Icon Award’.

From musicians to filmmakers to athletes, it was fun seeing icons in the black community walk up the stage to claim their awards. The BET Awards celebrates Africans, African Americans, and other American minorities in different entertainment fields.

South Africa’s Sho Madjozi Made History

As it is with most similar events, history is made or broken. This time it was the sensational Sho Madjozi who was the center of attention. The vibrant and multi-talented musician won the ‘Best New International Act’ at the BET Awards. Consequently, she is the first female South African artist to win a BET award. Her fans took to Twitter to celebrate her.

@TwarisaniR – Sho Madjozi is losing her mind at the #BETAwards2019 represent girl 😭😭✌✌THE TSONGA village girl from LIMPOPO

@lasizwe – SHO MAJOZI, Just did that!!!! Congratulations @ShoMadjozi on your BET Award! #BETAwards19 Rt in appreciation for the Superstar that is Sho Majozi!! #iyaa!!!

@SosoCPT –  #BETAwards  She brought it home!!! Sho Madjozi flying the SA flag very high 🇿🇦 🥰❤🎉🍾🥳 I’m so proud of her 💃🏾💃🏾

One of her fan-favorite songs is “Huku” which has an addictive beat.

Nigeria’s Burna Boy Had His Moment

Another African on the list of BET Award winners was Burna Boy. Burna Boy beat Mr. Eazi of Nigeria and AKA of South Africa alongside four other international acts to win the “Best International Act’. There was a brief moment of commotion as Burna Boy was not available to pick his award. However, there was a loud cheer when his mother walked up the stage to claim the award on his behalf. In a thought-provoking short speech that attracted a loud cheer, she said’

“We should all remember that were first Africans before anything else.”

One of Burna Boy’s popular songs on Youtube is “On The Low” which has racked up over 40 million views in less than 8 months.

Eritrean-American Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy Was Honored

ALSO READ: 10 Things Nipsey Hussle Did To Help Transform His Community

The most sobering moment was the remembrance of the late Nipsey Hussle. Hussle was shot dead on March 31 in front of his Marathon clothing shop. For his works in South Los Angeles, Hussle posthumously earned the Humanitarian Award. It was an emotional recognition that night when Nipsey Hussle was awarded the Humanitarian Award as his family stepped up to accept the award. Speaking about the award, Scott M Mills, the BET Networks President said,

“Nipsey is such an important part of our community, in particular, the fact that he focused on servicing his community, staying in his community, and trying to uplift the community he was a part of. We really wanted to recognize him here in LA.”

Full List Of Winners

Album of the Year

Cardi B (Invasion of Privacy)

Video of the Year

Childish Gambino (This Is America)

Video Director of the Year

Karena Evans

Best International Act

Burna Boy (Nigeria)

Best New International Act

Sho Madjozi (South Africa)

Dr Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen (Blessing Me Again)

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

Nipsey Hussle

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

Cardi B

Young Stars Award

Marsai Martin

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

Bruno Mars

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist


Sportsman of the Year

Stephen Curry

Sportswoman of the Year

Serena Williams

Best New Artist

Lil Baby

Best Group


2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Ella Mai (Trip)

Best Collaboration

Travis Scott Ft. Drake (Sicko Mode)

BET Her Award

H.E.R. (Hard Place)

Best Actor

Michael B. Jordan

Best Actress

Regina King

Ultimate Icon Award

Tyler Perry

Best Movie


Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary J Blige

Humanitarian Award

Nipsey Hussle

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