2018 BET : Ghana's Kwesi Arthur loses out to South Africa's Sjava

By Clement Edward Kumsah
BET_2018

The only Ghanaian artiste nominated for the 2018 BET, Kwesi Arthur has lost out on the “Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act” award to South Africa's Sjava.

Kwesi Arthur's nomination took Ghanaians by surprise and has since triggered a massive campaign on social media with the hashtag #IPICKKWESIA18.

 

In 2015, MzVee was nominated for BET Awards’ all-new category, Best New International Act Viewers’ Choice Award. 

Kwesi Arthur, whose song ‘Grind Day’ won ‘Hip Pop Song of the Year’ at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards, becomes the second Ghanaian to be nominated for that category.

Kwesi was nominated alongside Mc Soffia (Brazil), Prince Waly (France), Take A Mic (France), Niniola (Nigeria), Sjava (South Africa), Sik-K (South Korea), Nailah Blackman (Trinidad And Tobago), Not3s (UK) and Iamddb (UK).

The 2018 BET Awards took place Sunday night.

Black Panther took the award for best movie, while SZA walked home with the best new artist award. DJ Khaled and Migos also were among the night's winners.

In addition, R&B singer Anita Baker was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while six people were selected to receive the Humanitarian Award: Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr.; March for Our Lives speaker Naomi Wadler; National Student Walk-Out Day participant Justin Blackmon; journalist Shaun King; Parkland, Florida, hero Anthony Borges; and Mamoudou Gassama, the man who saved a 4-year-old by climbing a set of balconies like Spider-Man in Paris.

Below is the full list of winners at the 2018 BET Awards

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award
Beyoncé *WINNER
SZA
H.E.R.
Rihanna
Kehlani
 
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars *WINNER
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Khalid
Daniel Caesar
 
Best Group Award
Migos *WINNER
A Tribe Called Quest
N*E*R*D
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe x Halle
 
Best Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars /Cardi B - "Finesse (Remix)"
DJ Khalid /Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts" *WINNER
DJ Khalid /Jay-Z, Future & Beyoncé - "Top Off"
Cardi B /21 Savage - "Bartier Cardi"
French Montana f/Swae Lee - "Unforgettable"
Kendrick Lamar f/Rihanna - "Loyalty"
 
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Drake
Kendrick Lamar *WINNER
DJ Khaled
Jay-Z
J.Cole
 
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B *WINNER
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Dej Loaf
Rapsody
 
Video of the Year Award
Drake - "God's Plan" *WINNER
Cardi B - "Bodak Yello"
Bruno Mars /Cardi B - "Finesse (Remix)"
DJ Khaled /Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts"
Kendrick Lamar - "Humble" Migos /Drake "Walk It Talk It"
 
Video Director of the Year Award
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava DuVernay *WINNER
Chris Brown
Dave Meyers
 
Best New Artist Award
SZA *WINNER
H.E.R.
Daniel Caesar
Gold
LinkA
Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
 
Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Lecrae / Tory Kelly - "I'll Find You" *WINNER
Snoop Dogg / B Slade - "Words Are Few"
Ledisi and Kirk Franklin - "If You Don't Mind"
Marvin Sapp - "Close"
Tasha Cobbs Leonard f/ Nicki Minaj - "I'm Getting Ready"
 
Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish *WINNER
Lupita Nyong'o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson
 
Best Actor Award
Chadwick Boseman *WINNER
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya
 
Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi *WINNER
Ashton Tyler
Caleb McLaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown
 
Best Movie Award
"Black Panther" *WINNER
"Girls Trip"
"A Wrinkle in Time"
"Detroit"
"Mudbound"
 
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams *WINNER
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor
 
Sportsman of the Year Award
Stephen Curry
LeBron James *WINNER
Kevin Durant
Dwyane Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.
 
Album of the Year Award
Kendrick Lamar - "Damn" *WINNER
SZA - "Ctrl"
Jay-Z - "4:44"
Migos - "Culture II"
Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists - "Black Panther: The Album"
DJ Khaled - "Grateful"
 
BET Her Award
Janelle Monáe - "Django Jane"
Lizzo - "Water Me"
Mary J. Blige - "Strength of a Woman" *WINNER
Remy Ma f/ Chris Brown - "Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)"
Chloe x Halle - "The Kids Are Alright"
Leikeli47 - "2nd Fiddle"
 
Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award
SZA / Travis Scott - "Love Galore"
Cardi B - "Bodak Yellow" *WINNER
Kendrick Lamar - "Humble"
Drake - "God's Plan"
Migos / Nicki Minaj and Cardi B - "MotorSport"
DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller - "Wild Thoughts"
 
The Best International Act Award
Booba (FRANCE)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (FRANCE)
Davido (NIGERIA) *WINNER
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (DR CONGO)
J Hus (UK)
NISKA (FRANCE)
Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)

 

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