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9 Ghanaian musicians who have made the country proud with their BET Award nominations

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Since its inception in 2001, the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards has honoured African American entertainers for their contribution to Culture and has grown to become one of the most prestigious platforms for recognizing exceptional talent in the music industry.

In 2010, the awards scheme introduced the Best International Act category aimed at recognizing exceptional Black talent outside of the United States.

While the category has undergone some changes over the years, Ghanaian musicians consistently have earned their place among the nominees, representing the nation with pride. With their unique sound, captivating performances, and unwavering dedication to their craft, these artists have earned their place among the best on the continent.

As Ghanaian music continues to go global and our artiste earn their special place in the hearts of African music enthusiasts, it comes as no surprise that the BET team still takes notice of its influence and popularity.

READ MORE: Camidoh bags nomination for BET Best New International Act 2023

Alongside other African acts from Nigeria and South Africa, Ghanaian musicians have showcased their exceptional talent on this international stage, vying for the coveted BET Award.

In October 2019, BET introduced the Best International Flow award at the BET Hip Hop Awards which was won by Sarkodie.

To date, a total of nine hardworking Ghanaian musicians have received nominations at the BET Awards. While each artist may not have taken home the prize, their nominations alone are a testament to their skill and the impact they have had on the industry.

Here is a list of the nine Ghanaian artistes who have made Ghana proud with the BET Award nominations for Best International Act and Best International Flow.

  1. Kojo Antwi

Kojo Antwi, fondly known as “Mr. Music Man,” became the first Ghanaian artist to secure a BET nomination in 2010. With a career spanning Afro-pop, Highlife, and Reggae, Kojo Antwi has earned his legendary status in the industry. Although he did not win the award that year, his nomination remains a historic moment for Ghanaian music at the BET Awards.

2. D Black

In 2011, D-Black, known in private life as Desmond Kwesi Blackmore, broke barriers as the second Ghanaian artist to receive a BET nomination. He also broke barriers as the first hip-hop artist from the country to grace the BET Award. Despite criticism from some quarters, D-Black’s contribution to Ghanaian rap and entrepreneurship is undeniable. While he didn’t clinch the award, his presence at the event further raised the profile of Ghanaian artists on the international stage.

3. Sarkodie

Sarkodie hailed as Africa’s best rapper, made a significant impact with his talent and lyrical prowess. In 2012, he achieved a remarkable feat by winning the first-ever BET Award for Best International Act, sharing the honour with Wizkid from Nigeria. Sarkodie’s subsequent nominations in 2014 and 2015 solidified his position as one of Ghana’s most celebrated artists. In 2019, he triumphed again at the BET Hip Hop Awards, clinching the Best International Flow award.

4. R2Bees

The dynamic Tema music group R2Bees, consisting of Faisal Hakeem and Rashid Mugeez, gained prominence in Ghana with their infectious hits including ‘I Dey Mad Oh’, ‘Kiss Your Hand’ and many more. In 2013, they represented Ghana at the BET Awards, captivating audiences with their unique style. Although they didn’t secure the award that year, R2Bees left an indelible mark on the international stage, demonstrating the country’s musical diversity.

5. Stonebwoy

Born Livingstone Etse Satekla, Stonebwoy solidified his reputation as the African Dancehall King with his remarkable talent. In 2015, he secured Ghana’s second BET Award, triumphing over other African heavyweights.

His subsequent nomination in 2017 further cemented his status as one of Ghana’s finest artists, showcasing the country’s ability to produce globally recognized talents.

6. Mzvee

MzVee, known for her versatility in singing Afro-pop, dancehall, and R&B, made history as Ghana’s first female artist to receive a BET nomination in 2016. Her remarkable talent and captivating performances caught the attention of international audiences. Although she didn’t claim the award that year, MzVee’s nomination opened doors for other Ghanaian female artists to aspire to greatness on the global stage.

7.  Kwesi Arthur

Talented Ghanaian rapper and musician, Kwesi Arthur emerged as a rising star in Ghana’s music scene. In 2018, he earned a nomination for the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act category. While he didn’t secure the award, Kwesi Arthur’s nomination showcased his potential and marked him as the first young Ghanaian artist to be recognized in this category.

8.  Black Sherif

After 4 years of Ghana’s absence at the BET, Ghanaian musician Black Sherif achieved yet another milestone in his career when he received a nomination for the Best International Flow category at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2022.

The recognition was a testament to the growing global appeal of his music and the impact he has made with his unique style.

Black Sherif gained significant attention with the release of his songs “1st Sermon” and “2nd Sermon,” which captivated audiences with their raw and introspective lyrics.

Blacko was the second Ghanaian to bag a nomination in the category after Sarkodie. Sadly, he could not bring the award home like Sarkodie

9. Camidoh

Ghanaian Afrobeats singer Raphael Camidoh Kofi Attachie known for his hit song “Sugarcane,” joined the list of Ghanaian legends on Thursday, June 8, 2023, with his nomination in the BET Best New International Act award for 2023.

The nomination for Camidoh is not only a recognition of his talent but also a testament to the growing influence of Ghanaian music on the global stage.

Fans and supporters eagerly anticipate the BET Awards, where Camidoh will have the opportunity to shine alongside some of the biggest names in the industry

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