The Black Entertainment Television Awards which took place in Los Angeles, California and, of course, South Africa sent some of their best representatives.
South African ATM artist, Sjava, real name Jabulani Hadebe, was nominated alongside Nigeria’s Niniola and Kwesi Arthur of Ghana.
Beyoncé and Bruno Mars won the best female and best male artist categories.
Kendrick Lemar took home the best album award.
This is a first for a South African artist; the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Emtee and AKA have only made it as far as being nominated. But Sjava brought it home, and both fans and artists are celebrating the artist’s win.
Two other South African artists – Cassper Nyovest and Distruction Boys, were also nominated. South Africans took to Twitter to congratulate the BET winner.
Other major BET winners were:
- Beyoncé – Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award
- Bruno Mars – Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award
- Migos – Best Group Award
- Kendrik Lamar – Best Male Hip Hop Artist & Album of the year
- Cardi B – Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
‘Black Panther’ walked away with the Best Movie Award, while Serena Williams won Sportswoman Of The Year.