NIGERIA – Burna Boy, the Grammy award-winning Afro-fusion pioneer from Nigeria, won Best Foreign Act at the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday, adding to his growing list of international honours. With this triumph, the African Giant becomes the first African artist to receive three BET Award nominations and wins in a row, having won in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Burna, who was nominated alongside fellow Nigerian Wizkid, Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Brazil’s Emicida, the UK’s Headie One and Young T & Bugsey, and France’s Youssoupha, won, confirming once again why he is one of Africa’s largest and most successful artists.
The BET Awards, an American awards ceremony, were created to honor African-Americans in music, acting, athletics, and other aspects of entertainment throughout the previous year, and the brilliant singer has had an incredible year.
Burna Boy, upon receiving his award, said: “I made it this time to collect my award myself, so… thank you everyone, thank you to my mom, the most beautiful woman on earth, who normally would be making this speech for me because normally I don’t like talking on the mic if I’m not singing. Thank you everyone for everything”.
Twice As Tall, propelled by tracks like “Wonderful,” “Monsters You Made (Feat. Chris Martin),” “Real Life (Feat. Stormzy),” and “23,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “US World Albums” chart and received unparalleled worldwide critical praise. Among its countless accolades, TWICE AS TALL received the 2021 Grammy Award for “Best Global Music Album,” and made history as the first time a Nigerian artiste received back-to-back nominations in the category following 2019’s Grammy Award-nominated African Giant