Windhoek – Nigerian Afro beats king Burma Boy has taken the BET Best International Act Award for the third time in a row.
The superstar has reigned supreme in that category since 2019 and becomes the first African artist to take home three consecutive BET awards.
Burna Boy collected the award in person as this year’s show was held physically as opposed to last year’s virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Burma Boy was nominated for the award alongside Aya Nakamura, Emicidia, Young T and Bugsy, Youssoupha, as well as fellow African singers Wiz Kid and Diamond Platinumz.
The 2021 BET Awards were hosted by Taraji P Henson and were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles in the United States.
The awards honour creative expression and black excellence across music, sport, television and film in 21 categories.
Dressed in a white Alexander McQueen suit, 29-year-old Burna Boy was accompanied to the stage by his mother and manager, Bose Ogulu.
“I made it this time to collect the award myself. Thank you everyone. Thank you to my mum, the most beautiful woman on earth, who normally would be making a speech for me because I don’t really like talking on the mic if I’m not singing but yeah my mum is here. Thank you everyone and everything,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Burma Boy’s dominance of the awards has been on the back of three critically acclaimed albums in successive years from 2018: Outside, African Giant and Twice as Tall.
This historic feat for the Port Harcourt-born singer comes on the heels of a Grammy Award this year.The “Kilometre” hit maker will celebrate the win on his Space Drift Arena tour later this year, which includes stops in New York and San Francisco in the United States. He will also headline the Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on October 8.