May 17, 2017

BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia portfolio, announced the nominations for the 2017 “BET Awards’ which will broadcast across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 27 June at 8pm. With Beyonce topping with seven nominations, Bruno Mars takes five and followed by Chance the rapper, Solance and Migos with four a piece.

The 2017 “BET Awards” honors eight leading African artists who are blazing up the African music scene.  Holding up the torch for South African hip-hop is chart topping don, AKA, rising star, Nasty C and the inimitable dance and house music sensation, Babes Wodumo. Nigeria enjoys a strong representation with Wizkid who is no stranger to the awards, the infinitely talented Tekno, enterprising singer Mr Eazi, singer and producer Davido and one of the leading reggae and dancehall artists, Stonebwoy from Ghana rounding up the nominees for the Best International Act: Africa. VOTING NOW LIVE AT www.betafrica.tv

This year’s broadcast marks 17 years of unexpected performances, trailblazing moments, super dope talent, and entertainment’s most provocative players. The iconic show continues to be a cultural rule breaker steeped in reinvention with some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. In 2016, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar surprised guests with a groundbreaking performance of “Freedom,” Sheila E. and Mayte Garcia performed during the Prince Lifetime Achievement Award tribute and Jesse Williams’ brought the audience to their feet with his dynamic and ever-viral Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. The 2017 “BET Awards” has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts.

Beyoncé dominates this year’s nominations with a total of seven including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration’ with Kendrick Lamar for “Freedom,” ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for LemonadeBruno Mars follows with five nods including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ and ‘Video of the Year’ for “24K Magic.”  Other nominees include Solange, nominated for four awards and who is up against sister Beyoncé for ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chance the Rapper and Migos receive four nominations as well, Chance the Rapper nominated for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist’ and Migos for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for their #1 hit “Bad and Boujee” with Lil Uzi Vert.

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.

Click the link below to see the complete list of nominees for the 2017 “BET Awards” :



Yemi Alade joins The Voice Nigeria

Internationally-acclaimed Nigerian singer Yemi Alade has joined the team as a coach on season two of DStv’s The Voice Nigeria, joining the trio of Timi Dakolo, Patoranking and Waje, who reprise their roles from the previous series.

According to Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, the coaches on the show critique contestants’ performances and guide their teams of selected artistes through the season, while also competing to ensure that one of their acts wins the competition.

“Yemi Alade is well known as one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports, with amazing appeal across Africa and in many international markets,” she said.

“Not only is she an amazing vocalist, but Yemi is also recognised for her energetic and entertaining performances on stage. The team on the show are thrilled to have her join The Voice and contestants and viewers are excited to see and hear her on the show.”

Yemi Alade replaces another Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba, who leaves the show to pursue other commitments. Since its launch in 2010, The Voice has won audiences in countries like the USA, Australia, South Africa and the UK, where renowned performers have occupied the show’s famous red chairs as coaches. In the first season of The Voice Nigeria,, A’rese of #teamwaje emerged victorious, winning the grand prize of an SUV and a recording contract with Universal Music.

Auditions for the second season of The Voice Nigeria were recently held across Nigeria, in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Enugu, and preparations are in top gear for the show’s return to television. It will be broadcast on DStv’s Africa Magic channel.

For more information on The Voice Nigeria and other Africa Magic programming, visit www.africamagic.tv  or www.dstv.com

Mark Ronson and wife Josephine de La Baume have called it quits …

After more than 5 years of marriage the pair has called it quits. The French actress filed for divorce from the Grammy-winning producer citing irreconcilable differences. The two, who began dating in 2009 later, got married in 2011. However, de La Baume is asking for spousal support but they don’t have any children together.. nothing lasts forever in Hollywood.

Amy Schumer and Boyfriend Ben Hanisch Split

Amy Schumer has split with her boyfriend Ben Hanisch after a year and a half of dating. The 35-year-old comedienne and furniture-maker have called time on their relationship. A rep for Schumer told the weekly:  ‘Amy and Ben have ended their relationship after thoughtful consideration and remain friends.’ The couple met on a dating app, and then met in real life soon after.


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