BET Awards: Beyonce, Pharrell, Davido, Nicki Minaj Win Big

BEETThe 2014 BET Awards held on Sunday night, June 29 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

African stars and media including Tiwa Savage, Mafikozolo, Ice Prince, Stephanie Coker and Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi were at the event.

Nigerian music star, Davido won the Best International Act-Africa.

The night’s big winner was Beyonce. The pop superstar got three awards, including the 2014 FAN-demonium award, voted on by viewers. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina also had a happy night, taking home two awards apiece.

Nicki Minaj won for Best Female Hip Hop Star, and in her acceptance speech, she praised herself as a hip-hop star that doesn’t have someone writing for her, an apparent dig at Iggy Azalea. Drake beat out Jay Z for Best Male Hip Hop star.

12 Years a Slave was chosen as Best Movie, with the film’s stars, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, taking home acting awards. Lionel Richie was honored as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

One memorable moment of the night was Kevin Hart interrupting presenter, Kerry Washington and referring to himself as “Oliver Pope,” a reference to Washington’s Scandal character, Olivia Pope.

Full list of winners below… 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Pharrell Williams

Best Group: Young Money

Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Drake

Video Of The Year: Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: August Alsina

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Movie: 12 Years A Slave

Sportsman Of The Year: Kevin Durant

Best International Act UK: Krept And Konan

Viewers’ Choice Award: August Alsina

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce

Best Collaboration: Beyonce And Jay Z

Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj

Video Director Of The Year: Hype Williams

Best Gospel Artist: Tamela Mann

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o

Youngstars Award: Keke Palmer

Sportswoman Of The Year: Serena Williams

Best International Act Africa: Davido

Centric Award: Jhene Aiko

EN Shines Spotlight On ’12 Years A Slave’ Actor, Adepero Oduye

Adepero OduyeThe tales of the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave movie has always been around the unassuming Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and the director, Steve Mcqueen.

However, on that same set is another Nigerian actor, Adepero Oduye, whose highly emotional role as Eliza was quite impressive. Entertainment News casts its spotlight on the under celebrated actor.

In this exclusive interview, Oduye speaks about her rise in Nollywood as well as her thoughts on Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood.

British Born Nigerian Actor, Ejiofor Bags Oscar ‘Best Actor’ Nomination

Film industry in the United States is counting down to the Oscars coming up in March, and the nominations are out.

Con drama, ‘American Hustle’, and space movie, ‘Gravity’, have received 10 nominations.

Stars of ‘American Hustle’, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have been shortlisted in four categories, so are Director, Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullocks in ‘Gravity’.

Making the list is ’12 Years A Slave’, which has nine nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Stars from the movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Micheal Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, have also been nominated for Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

Ejiofor has been nominated for his performance as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s harrowing drama. The actor plays Northup, a black New Yorker who is kidnapped and sold to a New Orleans plantation, run by Best Supporting Actor nominee, Michael Fassbender.

Should he win the ‘Best Actor’ at the Oscar, Ejiofor who is of Nigerian origin, would be the first black British actor to receive the accolade.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.