Sho Madjozi takes BET fight to the big boys

Sho Madjozi performs at the Edgars break out fashion show in Sandton.
Sho Madjozi performs at the Edgars break out fashion show in Sandton.
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Sho Madjozi holds her own after being nominated in the all-male affair Best International Act category at the 2020 BET Awards.

This is the Tsonga rapper's second nomination at the awards after her big win last year.

The John Cena hit-maker will compete against Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy and UK megastar Stormzy.

British rapper Dave, Innoss'B from DR Congo as well as French musicians S.Pri Noir and Ninho complete the list.

Sho Madjozi won the fan-voted Viewers' Choice: Best International Act, last year.

That category has better female representation this year, starting with Zimbabwean-born and SA-based songbird Sha Sha.

Real name Charmaine Mapimbiro, Sha Sha is renowned for her song Tender Love featuring DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.

"This is a huge deal and it feels amazing. I never saw it coming. For me this will just open doors, just a mere nomination is crazy. Having to be recognised internationally is a blessing," Sha Sha told Sowetan yesterday.

"I was at home when I found out and I was just chilling. I got a call from one of my people and informed me that I was nominated.

"I thought it was a mistake and it was someone else. When I saw that it was actually me, I went nuts. I was running and jumping around - I had an out-of body experience."

Sha Sha is nominated against Rema (Nigeria), Celeste (UK), Stacy (France), Hatik (France) and Young T & Bugsey (UK).

"I'm a crazy fan of Rema. It's such an honour to be ranked among those people. I'm just mind-blown because I felt like I still have to work hard to get to such a level. To me it's all God's work," Sha Sha said.

The virtually-produced 20th installment of the awards will take place on June 28 through "innovative techniques and artist-generated content".

Drake leads the nomination list with six nods, with newcomers Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch in close second with five nominations each.

Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Lizzo, and DaBaby received four nominations respectively.

"We are excited to celebrate 20 years of black excellence at the BET Awards during these unprecedented times," said Monde Twala, senior vice-president and general manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa.

"The International Act categories over the years have honoured some of the most talented musicians in Africa. This continues at this year's awards with multiple artists nominated from across the continent, which is a testament to our commitment to shine a light on our own. We wish all our international nominees the best in this recognition on a global stage."

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