East African music icon, Diamond Platnumz showed up magnificently at the just ended BET Awards with his traditional look.

The CEO of Wasafi Classic Baby records was nominated for ‘Best International Act’ with fellow African artists Burna Boy and Wizkid all from Nigeria and Aya Nakamura.

Diamond Platnumz embraced the occasion in a grand style showcasing the East African culture through his outfit which melted the heart of East Africans.

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The artiste was spotted in a warrior outfit usually worn by the Massai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania. The fabric was red in colour with a lot of ornaments including a sword and a shield complimenting his appearance as a warrior.

Diamond Platnumz’s choice of African traditional outfit for the occasion shows how proud his of his African roots and culture.

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”~.Marcus Garvey


Simba fans worldwide are celebrating  him for promoting the African culture particularly that of East Africa to the world. He shared photos of  himself on his official Instagram page where he expressed his appreciation to Tanzanians for the massive love showered on him.

 “through this award I have seen how much Tanzanians have unity, love and appreciation for us … I thank each and every one of you for the great love you have shown me … And I believe that sometimes we will carry it …

I will be comforted tomorrow and the next day another artist will also be in the matter of representing the Nation give us strength as you have given me …#SwahiliNation we are a Swahili Nation”.



Photo Credit: Diamond Platnumz

BET Awards 2021 Winners Names and Categories 

Every year, artistes gets celebrated and honoured in several awards schemes around the world for their indefatigable contributions to the world and making it a better place to live through music and arts, irrespective of life uncertainties and misfortunes.

BET awards come just after few months of Grammy awards which took place in Los Angeles in March, 2021.

The 21st edition of the annual recognition of back achievements in the world of music by the Black Entertainment Television-BET, bounce back after a year of Covid 19 strict safety restrictions with an amazing night of live celebration on Sunday, June 28 at the Microsoft theatre in Los Angeles.

It was a night full of enjoyment and love for black people in the diaspora who feel so much accepted and honoured for their artistic flairs.

Seeking to recognizing and honouring the success of black women, this year’s BET Awards was held under the theme, “Year of the Black Woman” with actress Taraji P Henson hosting the night’s event.

In her presentation, she constantly acknowledged the women in the theatre and around the world for their efforts. At the beginning of the ceremony, after her introduction as the host, the award-winning actress honoured black women on the front roll with flowers as part of the celebration.

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Dana Elaine Owens known by her stage name, Queen Latifah who is affectionately described as hip hop first lady was honoured the Lifetime Achievement award last night.

Some of her hit songs was performed to celebrate her relevance since the start of her music career. Upon receiving the award, the rapper cum actress gave a brief acceptance speech where she expressed her love for black people, especially women out there striving to make their way through the journey of life.

She shared some words of encouragement to uplift the soul of every black woman and also appreciated her family and friends and BET for empowering black people all over the world to not downplay their dreams through their channel.

The programme went on with a lot of thrilling performances from stars including, Kirk Franlikn, Lil Baby, Migos, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, DJ Khaled, Lil Baby, Dababy, City Girls just to mention a few. Tribute was paid to those dead in the industry as well with performance from some of the superstars.

Here is a list of the winners for the just ended BET awards:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award – Queen Latifah
  2. Album of the Year – Jazmine Marie Sullivan (Heaux Tales)
  3. Video of the Year – Cardi B FT. Megan thee stallion (WAP)
  4. Video Director of the Year – Bruno Mars & Florent Déchard
  5. Best Collaboration – Cardi B FT. Megan Thee Stallion (WAP)
  6. Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award – Megan Thee Stallion FT. Beyoncé (Savage Remix)
  7. Best Female R&B/Pop Artist – H.E.R.
  8. Megan Thee Stallion  – Best Female Hip Hop Artist 
  9. Chris Brown – Best Male R&B/Pop Artist 


  • Best Male Hip Hop Artist – Lil Baby
  • Best Group – Bruno Mars, Anderson Paak and Silk Sonic
  • Giveon – Best New Artist 
  • BET Her Award – SZA (Good Days)
  • Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Kirk Franklin (Strong God)
  • Best Movie – Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Best Actress – Andra Day
  • Chadwick Boseman- Best Actor 
  • YoungStars Award – Marsai Martin
  • Best International Act – Burna Boy (Nigeria)
  • Best New International Act – Bree Runwayn (U.K)
  • Sportswoman of the Year – Naomi Osaka
  • Sportsman of the Year – LeBron James

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It’s another year for BET Awards, this music festival and award ceremony in recognition of blacks in the entertainment industry.

Unlike last year, when the Covid 19 pandemic had reached its peak and the celebration was eventually organised virtually without live audience, this year’s edition will be aired live with audience.

The awards night is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 27 on BET at 8 PM ET/ PT, under strict observation of Covid 19 safety protocols.

List of nominees have been unveiled for fans to begin voting for their favourites.

The nominees for For “Best International Act” includes none other than Diamond Platnumz, he is the only artist from East Africa.

The king of Bongo-Flavor has been working extensively in the music world, producing back-to-back hits. His song ‘Waah alone has generated over 150 million views on YouTube in less than a year.

In 2020,  Diamond Platnumz topped various news outlets and was celebrated widely for his ground-breaking success on YouTube where he gathered one billion views on the video streaming platform, making made him the first African artist to achieve milestone.

Diamond will be representing Tanzania for the third time on the “Best International Act” award category.


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Other 2021 BET Awards Best International Act Nominees in no particular order are:

Burna Boy, one of Nigeria’s top notch musicians and has gained international recognition through African music.

The singer/songwriter became the first Nigerian to succeed in back-to-back Grammys nominations following his “Africa Giant” and “Twice As Tall” albums’ nominations at the 62nd and 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards for the “Best World Music Album” category.


He has also received multiple accolades for the same album on other music festivals. Burna Boy won the “Best International Act” at the 2019 BET awards and 2 years after.

Wizkid is the greatest of all time international awards winner from the African Continent. Wizkid has in his possession multiple internationally recognised accolades.

He won a Grammy in the 63rd edition of the Grammy Awards, his first ever Grammy award for Best Music Video,  three BET Awards of which he remains the only African artist to win the most awards and two consecutive times for “Best International Act”.

This is yet another year to celebrate his achievements in the music industry and his appearance on the nomination list for the forthcoming BET “Best International Act” award category is well deserved.

Aya Nakamura is a French female vocalist who is of Malian origin. The singer is well-known for her creativity through the afro pop and R&B music genres.

Privately known as Aya Coco Danioko, the young pop star is making waves in France with many of her songs peaking on several music charts in France and internationally.

She’s notable for a lot of hit songs including, “Djadja” and “Comportement”.  She has a huge fan base around the world and with about 5.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

Aya Nakamura has garnered more than 2 billion views on her YouTube page, making her the first female French artiste with most views.

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Youssoupha is also a French rapper who hails from Congo.

Known officially as Youssoupha Mabiki, the rapper has also been nominated in the same award category in recognition of his remarkable success in the music industry through his unquestionable French rapping skills.

His best songs include, “On se connaît” and “Cœur de Guerrier”. He has worked closely with renowned French rappers and international artists such as Diam’s, Kool Shen, Corneille, Indila among several others.

Youssoupha has established international success through his enormous views and followers on YouTube.


Emicida is representing Brazil for the second time at the BET awards, but will be competing on the award category for the first time.

He took to his Instagram page his nomination flyer with a caption “thank you”.  Originally, Emicida is referred to as Leandro Roque de Oliveira.

The rapper is identified with hits like “Rua Augusta” and “Zica, Vai Lá”.


Headie One is a British rapper with the real name, Irving Ampofo Adjei. He’s of Ghanaian descent and will be representing the United Kingdom in the “Best International Act” award category.

This comes after his breakthrough year, topping multiple UK Albums and Singles chart. His first album titled, “Edna” dedicated to his late mother peaked at number one on UK Albums Chart last year triggering huge airplays and honours in the UK and around the world.

Headie One’s best songs include, “18Hunna” and “Know Better”. The artiste joined youtube in 2018 and within three years, he has gained more than 150million views.


Young T & Bugsey are an English hip hop duo with the real names, Ra’chard Tucker and Doyin Julius.

The rappers gained international prominence in 2020 with their viral song “Don’t Rush”. The song was widely used for videos effect on the TikTok app where users touched their devices’ screens with a makeup brush and immediately changes their look.

They have over 4 billion streams on YouTube with their song, “Don’t Rush” having the most views which is 76 million.  They will be competing with their fellow British Rapper Headie One on the same Category.

The above artistes have ceased international success in their own unique ways and are worth the category nominations. Wishing them best of luck and Congratulations to all.


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