The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, with Nigeria's music sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, bagging the award for the Best International Act (Africa).
Wizkid won the prestigious award alongside his Ghanaian counterpart, Sardokie.
The two artistes had been tipped favourites to win the award in a category which also had great artistes such as Africa Camp Mulla (Kenya), Ice Prince (Nigeria), Lira (South Africa), Mokobe (Mali).
This is the second major international award being won by Wizkid, after he won the award for Best African Act at the 2011 edition of the MOBO Awards!
It will be recalled that 2Face and D'Banj jointly won the BET awards in 2011.
Other big winners of the night included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.
The show which was anchored by veteran movie star, Samuel L. Jackson, kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner, Big Sean, to perform their rap hit “Mercy”.
Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.
The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who performed “I’m Every Woman”.
Below is the list of winners:
Best Female R&B Artist
Best Male R&B Artist
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Best New Artist
Wale f/ Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
Video of the Year
The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – “Otis”
Video Director of the Year
Beyoncé and Alan Ferguson
Viewers’ Choice Award
Mindless Behavior – “Hello”
Best International Act: U.K.
Best International Act: Africa
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman of the Year
AOL Fandemonium Award