Sha Sha Wins Maiden BET Award For Zimbabwe

Carla Harmon
June 29, 2020

Nigerian fast rising star Rema has been fired by social media users after he lost the BET Award to female Zimbabwean artist Shasha.

D Smoke and SiR also performed a number that was replete with visual references to Black Lives Matter protests.

Beyonce & Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama presented Beyonce with a Humanitarian Award at the 2020 BET Awards

This year's virtually produced BET Awards was held on June 28. The three-hour event, which aired on CBS for the first time, was hosted by comedian, actress and TV personality Amanda Seales.

There will also be tributes to the late basketball legend Kobe Bryant and iconic singer Little Richard, with performances by rapper Lil Wayne and Wayne Brady.

The show will be jam-packed with heavy hitters now dominating the pop charts and streaming services, including DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Summer Walker, Kane Brown and Chloe x Halle.

Queen Bey was nominated for several BET Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female R&B Artist/Pop Artist.

The show is an annual celebration of black entertainment and culture, and this year's ceremony will be the first major awards show since the death on May 25 of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which sparked global protests aimed at reforming police actions and removing statues and symbols considered racist from public places.

Her chances of clinching the award were very skint, but she was already a victor because the nomination in itself was a big endorsement of her music.

Megan Thee Stallion went to the desert with background dancers as she twerked and rapped her No. 1 hit "Savage". Meanwhile, Beyoncé's 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter won her first BET Award for her work on Brown Skin Girl, the song which also features Beyonce, WizKid and SAINt JHN and originally appeared on The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack in 2019. While she identifies Mutare, a city in the eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, as her home town, she also spent some of her life in Bulawayo and is now based in South Africa where she has become a household name with her Amapiano hit songs, specifically Tender Love. Her competition includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, PJ Morton and Kanye West, who released a gospel album previous year.

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