Burna Boy Drops ‘Wonderful’ New Video

Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Nigerian singer-songwriter Burna Boy poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

 

Afrobeats star Burna Boy has dropped the accompanying visuals for his newest single “Wonderful” after his recent BET Awards win.

The video was directed by Director K.

“Wonderful” is the first single from Burna Boy’s upcoming album, Twice As Tall, which is set to arrive later this year.

“It’s important for me to show that music is a uniting force that transcends state lines, barriers and borders. This song is about the ‘wonders’ of seeing the impact of my music on people’s lives as they shared their joy, pain and pleasure with me while I toured the world,” Burna Boy said in a statement about the song’s release.

 

 

“It serves as a note that no matter how far you go, or how hard you work; you must be ready to come home, the pandemic forced us all to take refuge in our homes. Above all, Africa is home, it is the motherland to all people. For us to truly matter, Africa has to matter.”

The video comes just soon after his second year running as the winner of the BET Award‘s Best International Act.

In his acceptance speech, he said, “I’d like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835 there was a mission to turn the nation of Africa into a dominated nation”.

“Now is the time to overturn that and go back to the royalty that we were because, in order for black lives to matter, Africa must matter.”

 

 

In the video, he keeps the tempo upbeat with a mix of English, Pidgin, and Yoruba that sees Burna expressing excitement:

“Wonderful, I go show you wonder waa ri wonderful, you no go believe wetin won happen/

No disturbance when the gbedu wan catch you, iz like you dey sleep but this one pass you…/”

Watch the video:

France’s Assa Traore Honoured At BET Awards

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 25, 2019 Assa Traore, the sister of late Adama Traore, a man who died in police custody in July 2016, poses during a photo session in Paris. – Assa Traore will be awarded with the “BET International Global Good Award 2020” at the 20th BET Awards ceremony on June 28, 2020. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP.

 

International activist Assa Traore, whose brother Adama was killed in French police custody four years ago, was given the BET Global Good award on Sunday.

Traore thanked BET, an American television channel dedicated to African-American and minority people, for the award, calling it “an acknowledgment of our fight.”

“It’s an acknowledgment for all the victims, for all the families who keep fighting for truth and justice,” she said in a video message played during the virtual awards ceremony.

The award is “BET International’s recognition of public figures who use their platform for social responsibility and goodness while demonstrating a commitment to the welfare of the global Black community,” according to the channel’s website.

Before her brother’s death, Traore, who has been dubbed the French Angela Davis after the US political activist, had never been someone who campaigned for a cause.

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But the 35-year-old mother of three was thrust into the heart of the global fight against police violence and racism by the death in Minneapolis police custody last month of George Floyd.

For four years, she campaigned, organized demonstrations, spoke out publicly and gave numerous interviews after alleging her brother was killed by the police. An investigation is still ongoing.

For a long time, the “Adama fight” remained a local battle unnoticed outside France. But the death of George Floyd has catapulted it into the global consciousness.

Thousands of people demonstrated in Paris in early June and hundreds of others took to the streets across France against racism.

“In the name of my brother, I will change everything I can change,” Traore told AFP on Saturday.

AFP

Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi Nominated For BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards nominations have been announced and three Nigerian music stars made the list.

The Killin Dem crooner, Burna Boy, and Mr Eazi were nominated in the international act category.

They were nominated alongside AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

In the Best New International Act category is Nigeria’s fast-rising star, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni Makanaki.

Nominated in the same category with Teni is Sho Madjodzi from South Africa, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly.

The 2019 BET awards will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23.

The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.

The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have done Africa proud and become recognisable worldwide for their talent from Nigeria’s 2face and D’banj in 2011 and Wizkid in 2017, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015 respectively and South Africa’s Black Coffee in 2016.

Last year in 2018, for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa’s Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act at the live Red-Carpet Show.

 

Below is the complete list of nominees for the 2019 “BET AWARDS”:

 

Best International Act

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DAVE (UK)

DOSSEH (FRANCE)

GIGGS (UK)

  1. EAZI (NIGERIA)

 

Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

JOKAIR (FRANCE)

NESLY (FRANCE)

OCTAVIAN (UK)

SHO MADJODZI (SOUTH AFRICA)

TENIOLA APATA (NIGERIA)

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ

ELLA MAI

H.E.R.

SOLANGE

SZA

TEYANA TAYLOR

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

ANDERSON .PAAK

BRUNO MARS

CHILDISH GAMBINO

CHRIS BROWN

JOHN LEGEND

KHALID

 

Best Group

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

LIL BABY & GUNNA

MIGOS

THE CARTERS

 

Best Collaboration

21 SAVAGE FT. J. COLE                        A LOT

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                         PLEASE ME

CARDI B FT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN             I LIKE IT

H.E.R. FT. BRYSON TILLER                             COULD’VE BEEN

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

TYGA FT. OFFSET                          TASTE

 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

21 SAVAGE

DRAKE

  1. COLE

MEEK MILL

NIPSEY HUSSLE

TRAVIS SCOTT

 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

CARDI B

KASH DOLL

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

 

Video of the Year

21 SAVAGE                                            A LOT FT. J. COLE

CARDI B                                      MONEY

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                        PLEASE ME

CHILDISH GAMBINO                         THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       NICE FOR WHAT

THE CARTERS                                 APES**T

 

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

KARENA EVANS

 

Best New Artist

BLUEFACE

CITY GIRLS

JUICE WRLD

LIL BABY

QUEEN NAIJA

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ERICA CAMPBELL FT. WARRYN CAMPBELL           ALL OF MY LIFE

FRED HAMMOND                                        TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS

KIRK FRANKLIN                                       LOVE THEORY

SNOOP DOGG FT. RANCE ALLEN                          BLESSING ME AGAIN

TORI KELLY FT. KIRK FRANKLIN                        NEVER ALONE

 

Best Actress

ISSA RAE

REGINA HALL

REGINA KING

TARAJI P. HENSON

TIFFANY HADDISH

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DENZEL WASHINGTON

MAHERSHALA ALI

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

 

YoungStars Award

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

LYRIC ROSS

MARSAI MARTIN

MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

MILES BROWN

 

Best Movie

BLACKKKLANSMAN

CREED 2

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

THE HATE U GIVE

 

Sportswoman of the Year

ALLYSON FELIX

CANDACE PARKER

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

 

Sportsman of the Year

KEVIN DURANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

TIGER WOODS

 

Album of the Year

ASTROWORLD                                   TRAVIS SCOTT

CHAMPIONSHIPS                                MEEK MILL

ELLA MAI                                            ELLA MAI

EVERYTHING IS LOVE                           THE CARTERS

INVASION OF PRIVACY                         CARDI B

 

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN        I LIKE IT

CHILDISH GAMBINO                                    THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       IN MY FEELINGS

ELLA MAI                                             TRIP

  1. COLE MIDDLE CHILD

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

 

BET Her Award

ALICIA KEYS                                         RAISE A MAN

CIARA                                               LEVEL UP

H.E.R.                                              HARD PLACE

JANELLE MONÁE                           PYNK

QUEEN NAIJA                                         MAMA’S HAND

TEYANA TAYLOR                                ROSE IN HARLEM

Davido Wins BET Award, Calls For More Collaboration Between African, American Artistes

Davido accepts Best International Act onstage at the 2018 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: Frederick M. Brown / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Hip-hop star Davido won Best International Act on Hip-hop at the BET Awards and urged greater collaborations between U.S. and African musicians.

The BET Awards, established by Black Entertainment Television to recognise the best in African American culture, maintains an international category for black music from outside the United States.

Davido, 25, thanked his Nigeria fans and said that Africa as a continent “has been so blessed.”

“I’m telling you guys — come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes,” he told the audience full of African American A-list celebrities.

“Let’s collaborate, everybody. Let’s collaborate, man,” he said.

David, the son of a wealthy business mogul, is one of the leading forces in the Afrobeats movement that has swept the continent’s music scene.

Not to be confused with the funky Afrobeat of the 1970s, Afrobeats — with an “s” — brings together sounds from across the continent to create a danceable, pan-African music.

Other artists nominated for the BET international award included British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Stefflon Don, French rappers Booba and Niska and the French-Congolese soul singer Dadju.

Other nominees were hip-hop producer Cassper Nyovest and house music innovators Distruction Boyz from South Africa along with Kinshasa-born singer and guitarist Fally Ipupa and Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage.

AFP

Meek Mill Takes On Police Brutality As He Performs At BET Awards

Meek Mill performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. PHOTO: Leon Bennett / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Rapper Meek Mill, free after a controversial jail sentence, returned to the stage on Sunday with a vigorous attack on police brutality as he premiered a song at the BET Awards.

The awards of Black Entertainment Television, broadcast live from Los Angeles, recognise the best of African American music and film and the blockbuster “Black Panther” won Best Movie.

Mill was one of the night’s most memorable performers as he debuted his song “Stay Woke.” The 31-year-old rapper in April won his freedom five months after a judge jailed him over violations of probation stemming from a 2008 arrest, a decision that triggered protests charging that it was overly harsh and racially biased.

Mill performed “Stay Woke” on a set designed as a street scene in his native Philadelphia — a neighbourhood that is unkempt yet also full of life with children playing.

Police swarm onto the scene with force and a shot is heard. The song pauses and a little girl who was jumping rope is revealed to have been killed, her body then draped with an American flag.

“How can I pledge allegiance to the flag / When they killing all our sons and dads?” Mill raps. The singer Miguel contributes the chorus, which says, “Though it was designed for us to lose / Nothing, nothing, nothing’s impossible / Believe it, we’re still undefeated.”

Nicki Minaj put on the racist and perhaps most physically gruelling performance of the night as she sported a skin-tight latex red dress, emerging with a dancing squad from a smoke-filled Chinese archway for her martial arts-themed song “Chun-Li.”

She crawled while twerking on stage and spread her legs to the sky in a medley that transitioned to her song “Rich Sex” and also featured YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

While many of the music awards were presented off camera, hard-living trap trio Migos won Best Group and the R&B singer and emerging feminist icon SZA took Best New Artist.

Honouring ‘Spiderman,’ young activist

The BET Awards presented a special “humanitarian heroes” award to six people including Mamoudou Gassama, the Malian migrant in Paris who saved a child hanging off a balcony by scaling an apartment block with his bare hands.

Gassama, who smiled and saluted the crowd in Los Angeles, was nicknamed “Spiderman” and awarded French residency even though he was in the country illegally.

Other award recipients included Naomi Wilder, the 11-year-old who gained wide attention with her poised speech before the March for Our Lives in Washington urging more attention to violence against women of color, and Anthony Borges, the high school student in Parkland, Florida who took five bullets as he rescued 20 classmates during the February massacre.

Award presenter John Legend, the singer known for his left-wing activism, contrasted the winners’ actions with the politics of President Donald Trump’s administration including separations of migrant children from arrested parents.

“We honour these heroes and thank them for giving us hope and reminding us that everyone has an opportunity to do something extraordinary,” Legend said.

“Black Panther,” the superhero movie about a fictional African king that has become the third highest-grossing film ever in North America, unsurprisingly took the top prize for cinema.

Actor Jamie Foxx, the BET Awards’ host, made a subtle dig at Trump as he hailed the film: “We don’t need a president right now, because we’ve got a king.”

AFP

Stonebwoy Wins BET, African Nominees Blast Award Organisers

stonebGhanian dance hall star, Stonebwoy took home the 2015 bet award for best international act, beating Nigerian nominees Yemi Alade and Wizkid to the prize.

Meanwhile, African acts Dencia (who attended the event) and Fuse ODG (who didn’t) have criticised organisers of the bet awards for treating African nominees below expectation.

Following the award ceremony over the weekend, the two disgruntled acts called out the award organisers for presenting awards to African acts either backstage or hours before the ceremony begins.

BET DISS

Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade also posted her discontent on instagram, saying:

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Nigerian Superstars Wizkid And Davido Lose MOBO Award

MOBONigerian superstars, Wizkid and Davido have failed to win the Best African Act category at the 2014 edition of the Music of Black Origin Awards, popularly called MOBO.

The coveted prize was taken away again by Ghanian singer, Fuse ODG, who also won the prize in 2013.

This miss, however, seems to settle the growing battle of supremacy between the Nigerian nominees, Wizkid and Davido although the Aye singer has been named Best African Act earlier in the year at the BET Awards.

I Compete Only With Men In Nigeria’s Music Industry – Tiwa Savage

Nigeria’s RnB diva, Tiwa Savage has thrown down the gauntlet against her female peers in the music industry as she deems none of them a threat.

When asked on this week’s edition of Rubbin’ Minds, who she considered the biggest threat to Tiwa Savage amongst the female vocalists, she replied, “none actually.”

“In my head the people I compete against are the male artistes” she affirmed, adding that “for me I look at the bigger picture fortunately.”

“I look at people like Wizkid, Iyanya, Tuface, D’banj, Ice Prince. They are getting MOBOs, BET awards, MTVs, so I’m like I’m coming for you guys” she stated.

She traced the immense success of male artistes to the typical male dominance in Nigeria as seen across diverse profession and this; she is willing to take on.

She however gave kudos to other female artistes saying “we are working harder to close the gap.”

Kanye West absent at the BET Awards

Kanye West who was one of the biggest winners at the BET Hip-Hop awards 2012 was reported to be absent at the event.

The CEO of G.O.O.D Music won seven awards out of 17 which he was nominated for including ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Track of the Year’ shared with rap partner Jay Z.

Another big winner of the night was Def Jam rapper 2 Chainz who walked away with three awards including the ‘Rookie of the Year’, beating MMG rapper Meek Mill.

Jay Z and Rick Ross also won the ‘Hustler of the Year’ and ‘MVP of the Year’ respectively.

‘Nas‘ Jones won his first ever BET Hip-Hop award for his single ‘Daughters‘ in the ‘Impact Track’ category.
Below is the list of winners

Reece’s Perfect Combo Award

2 Chainz ‘No Lie’ Feat. Drake
Drake ‘The Motto (Remix)’ Feat. Lil Wayne + Tyga
J. Cole ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ Feat. J. Cole
Wale ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’ Feat. Miguel
Kanye West ‘Mercy’ Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz — WINNER!

Video Director of the Year

A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson
Kanye West
Hype Williams — WINNER!

Track of the Year

‘Cashin’ Out’
‘Ima Boss’
‘Ni–as in Paris’ — WINNER!
‘No Lie’
‘The Motto

Lyricist of the Year

J. Cole
Jay-Z
Kendrick Lamar — WINNER!
Nas
Kanye West

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

2 Chainz – ‘Mercy’ (Kanye West Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz) — WINNER!
Diddy – ‘Same Damn Time Remix’ (Future Feat. Diddy, Ludacris)
Drake – ‘Stay Schemin” (Rick Ross Feat. Drake, French Montana)
Ludacris – ‘Same Damn Time Remix’ (Future Feat. Diddy & Ludacris)

Rookie of the Year

2 Chainz — WINNER!
A$AP Rocky
Ca$h Out
Future
Meek Mill

Producer of the Year

Hit-Boy
J. Cole
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
No I.D.
Kanye West — WINNER!

MVP of the Year
2 Chainz
J. Cole
Jay-Z
Rick Ross — WINNER!
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West — WINNER!
Impact Track
‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’ – Lupe Fiasco
‘B— Bad’ – Lupe Fiasco
‘Daughters’ – Nas — WINNER!
‘Murder to Excellence – the Throne’ – Jay-Z + Kanye West

Hustler of the Year

2 Chainz
Jay-Z — WINNER!
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Kanye West

CD of the Year

Common – ‘The Dreamer, The Believer’
Drake – ‘Take Care’
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story
The Throne (Jay-Z + Kanye West) – ‘Watch the Throne’ — WINNER!
Young Jeezy – ‘TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition’

Best Mixtape

A$AP Rocky – ‘LiveLoveA$AP’
Joey Bada$$ – ’1999′
Meek Mill – ‘Dreamchasers 2′ — WINNER!
Rick Ross – ‘Rich Forever’
Wiz Khalfia – ‘Taylor Allderdice’

Best Live Performer

A$AP Rocky
Drake
J. Cole
The Throne (Jay-Z + Kanye West) — WINNER!
Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Video

2 Chainz ‘No Lie’ Feat. Drake
A$AP Rocky ‘Goldie’
Drake ‘HYFR’ Feat. Lil Wayne — WINNER!
Wale ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’ Feat. Miguel
Kanye West ‘Mercy’ Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz

Best Club Banger

Ca$h Out – ‘Cashin’ Out’
Drake – ‘The Motto’ Feat. Lil Wayne, Tyga
Future – ‘Same Damn Time’
The Throne (Jay-Z + Kanye West) – ‘Ni–as in Paris’ — WINNER!
Kanye West – ‘Mercy’ Feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz

DJ of the Year

DJ Drama
DJ Enuff
DJ Envy
DJ Funkmaster Flex
DJ Khaled — WINNER!

Kanye West gets 17 nominations for BET Awards

Rap artist and CEO of G.O.O.D Records Kanye West was recently nominated for the upcoming BET Awards.

The G.O.O.D Record CEO was nominated for 17 awards, out of 19 awards to give away.

The event will be hosted by Michael Elliot popularly known as Mike Epps, an American stand-up comedian, actor, film producer and writer.

BET Awards will be held on October 9th 2012

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Wizkid and Ice-prince nominated for BET 2012

Fast rising singers Wizkid and Ice-prince have both been nominated for the 2012 BET Award amongst other African acts.

Both acts have been nominated in the ’Best International Act: Africa’ category.

Other conteders for the award are Mulla (Kenya), Lira (South Africa), Mokobe (Mali) and Sarkodie (Ghana).

Last year, D’banj and 2face both received a joint award prize in the same category.

Asa, Nneka, 9ice and the duo of P-Square are some Nigerian artists that have picked the award for the African category in recent years.

The 2012 edition of the award will hold at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday July 1.

Hollywood actor, Samuel .L. Jackson will be hosting the event.

Leading the pack of A-list nominations for Black Entertainment award for 2012 is Kanye West with 7 nominations, with Mr and Mrs Carter; Beyonce and Jay getting 6 and 5 nominations respectively.

Live performances during the award ceremony will be by Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj

Below is a list of all the categories

Best International Act: Africa
Camp Mulla (Kenya)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
Mokobe (Mali)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best International Act: UK
Estelle
Labrinth
Emeli Sande
Sway
Wretch 32

Best Female R&B Artist

Marsha Ambrosius
Beyonce
Mary J. Blige
Melanie Fiona
Rihanna

Best Male R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Trey Songz
Usher

Best Group
Bad Meets Evil
Diddy-Dirty Money
Maybach Music Group
Mindless Behavior
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Collaboration
Beyonce f/ J. Cole – “Party”
Big Sean f/ Kanye West & Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”
DJ Khaled f/ Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne – “I’m On One”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Big Sean
Drake
J. Cole
Lil Wayne
Rick Ross
Young Jeezy

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Diamond
Nicki Minaj
Brianna Perry
Trina

Video of the Year
Beyonce – “Countdown”
Beyonce – “Love On Top”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “N***as in Paris”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Usher – “Climax”

Video Director of the Year
Beyonce & Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Brown & Godfrey Tabarez
Kanye West
Hype Williams
Best New Artist
A$AP Rocky
Big Sean
Diggy
Future
Meek Mill

Best Gospel
Yolanda Adams
Kim Burrell
James Fortune & FIYA
Fred Hammond
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Regina King
Zoe Saldana

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Astro
Diggy
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Willow Smith

Best Movie
Good Deeds
Jumping The Broom
Laugh At My Pain
Red Tails
The Help
Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Skylar Diggins
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year
Carmelo Anthony
Kobe Bryant
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award
Beyonce – “Love On Top”
Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne & Tyga – “The Motto”
Mindless Behavior – “Hello”
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) f/ Otis Redding – “Otis”
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Centric Award
Common
Estelle
Robert Glasper
Robin Thicke
Tyrese