Burna Boy Awarded BET Awards 2023's Best International Act

Nigerian sensation Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has emerged victorious as the Best International Act at the prestigious BET Awards 2023. This remarkable achievement has positioned him above other talented nominees, including Aya Nakamura from France, Ayra Starr from Nigeria, Central Cee from the UK, Ella Mai from the UK, K.O from South Africa, L7nnon from Brazil, Stormzy from the UK, Tiakola from France, and Uncle Waffles from Swaziland.

Despite Burna Boy's absence from the event, his unparalleled success over the past couple of years is indisputable. His 2022 album, Love, Damini, captivated audiences worldwide, cementing his status as a global sensation. Notably, this isn't Burna Boy's first triumph in the Best International Act category, as he previously won the prestigious BET Award in both 2019 and 2021.

Burna Boy Awarded BET Awards 2023's Best International Act
Burna Boy
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Originally established in 2010, the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa served as a platform to recognize and honour the extraordinary accomplishments of artists from Africa. However, over time, the category underwent a transformation as it merged with other international acts at the BET Awards.

In 2015, various prominent African and UK artists voiced their concerns over the treatment they received at the BET Awards. They highlighted the issue of their awards being presented to them in a pre-recorded segment backstage, which diminished their significance. One of the leading voices demanding change was Nigerian popstar Yemi Alade, who called for an end to this practice and emphasized the need for equal treatment and recognition.

The highly anticipated 2023 BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 25, 2023, and enthralled audiences with an unforgettable evening of non-stop hip-hop revelry. The event, which aired on BET at 8 p.m. ET/PT, served as a grand celebration of the genre's 50-year history.

Burna Boy's exceptional talent, combined with his impressive accolades, has solidified his position as a global icon. His resounding victory at the BET Awards 2023 showcases his enduring impact on the music industry and further reinforces his status as one of Nigeria and Africa's most celebrated artists. As Burna Boy continues to ascend to new heights, fans eagerly await his future contributions to the world of music.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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