Johannesburg, 8 June 2017: BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia portfoliorevealed that iconic musician and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be honoured with the 2017 “BET Awards” International Global Good Star and Power Award, while singer Amanda Black has been nominated for the much coveted Viewer’s Choice “Best International Act”. They will be awarded at the 2017 “BET Awards” in Los Angeles at the annual star studded event which will be broadcast on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on 27 June 2017 at 20:00 CAT.
Yvonne best known as the “Princess of Africa” has been recognised alongside Somali-Canadian social activist Ilwad Elman, while iconic R&B group New Edition will be presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award and hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, will receive the Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart.
“Amazulu” crooner Amanda Black and Tanzanian performer Ray Vanny are nominated for Viewer’s Choice Award “Best International Act”, in conjunction with performers from the UK, South Korea, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.
Commented Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa: “The continent is privileged and honoured to have incredible women such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ilwad Elman representing Africa. They are well-deserved recipients who have influenced the world through their humanitarianism and social activism. Our congratulations go out to all the winners including Chance The Rapper and New Edition whose artistry has transcended the boundaries of music. Congratulations also go to Amanda Black who is making her mark in the industry.”
Yvonne and Ilwad join past Global Good winners, philanthropist Akon for his Lighting Africa initiative and Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese for her dedicated work in maternal and women’s health as well as the education of African girls on self-care through her Millen Magese Foundation. The Global Good honorees will be presented with their awards at the international edition of the 2017 “BET Awards”.
Commented Yvonne Chaka Chaka, “I am overwhelmed, humbled and overjoyed with thishonour. I have received many awards and have performed on many stages in the world and getting this recognition just puts the pieces of the puzzle together.”
BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across over 19 categories with the 2017 “BET Awards” nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.
Fans can support their favorite Viewer’s Choice “Best International Act” by voting online at BET.com or on social media and tweeting or tagging BET International @BET_Intl on Twitterand Instagram using the hashtag #ipick. Voting closes on 22 June at 00:59 CAT.
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