Last night the 18th annual BET Awards, hosted by the multi-talented Jamie Foxx, took place in Los Angeles, California. This awards ceremony honours excellence in the music, TV, movie, as well as sports industries, but everyone knows awards evenings are never just about the handover of statuettes and trophies. They are also live entertainment extravaganzas made up of head-turning red carpet looks, one-time-only performances, and remarkable speeches. So of course, the 2018 BET Awards ceremony came with its own unique offering of what makes an awards evening worth writing home about.

Host with the most, Jamie Foxx

Highlights from the 2018 BET Awards


Last night’s highlights can be largely attributed to Jamie Foxx’s savoir-faire on stage, which entailed calling Black Panther star Michael B(ae) Jordan to the stage to recite one of the most poignant lines from the film, ‘Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.’ According to CNN, Foxx then took a moment to thank Childish Gambino for ‘This is America’ – Gambino’s layered commentary on America’s concerning state of affairs. And to honour Anita Baker’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the ‘Blame it’ singer sang a medley of Anita Baker’s songs.

Sjava makes SA proud

Local music artist Sjava (Jabulani Hadebe) was awarded the Viewers’ Choice Best International Act award, where he was nominated alongside Nigerian artist Niniola and Ghana’s Kwesi Arthur. This BET award is not Sjava’s first international victory, as he was also featured on the Black Panther soundtrack earlier this year. The man who gave us ‘Seasons’ is certainly in the spring of his career, as it’s blossoming at an unstoppable rate, and Mzansi is here for it.

Winners we were rooting for

Here’s a list of a few of the international artists we’re also extremely proud of;

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award

Best Collaboration Award
DJ Khaled /Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – ‘Wild Thoughts’

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award
Cardi B 

Video of the Year Award
Drake – ‘God’s Plan’

Video Director of the Year Award

Ava DuVernay

Best New Artist Award

Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish

Best Actor Award
Chadwick Boseman 

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams 

Album of the Year Award
Kendrick LamarDAMN.

The Best International Act Award

Davido; nominated alongside South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest

Congratulations to all the winners who continue to produce black entertainment of a stellar calibre. We look forward to seeing more local artists on that stage in the future!