Nigerian musician, Tems, has won the Best International Act, while Wizkid won Best Collaboration for “Essence” featuring Tems and Justin Bieber. Tems beat fierce competition from top acts including her country man, Fireboy, who performed at the ceremony.
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The Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer was nominated with other talented acts such as Fireboy, Dave from the United Kingdom, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the United Kingdom, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France.
This is the first international award Tems is receiving for her own record and she dedicated her best international act award to the many women who “dare to dream.”
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“Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen,” said the Lagos, Nigeria-born singer who won best collaboration with Justin Bieber and Wizkid for their song “Essence.” “This is a dream. If you’re watching me, I want you to imagine yourself as me because you are meant to be here too.”
The winners in the 19 categories, including film and sports awards, are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, comprised of entertainment professionals and fans.