Tems and Wizkid were among the major winners on Sunday night as Afrobeats took centre stage at the 2022 edition of the BET Awards.
The awards, which honour black excellence in entertainment and sports, were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
Tems won the ‘Best International Act’ category ahead of Fireboy, Dave among others.
She also won the ‘Best Collaboration’ category alongside Wizkid and Justin Bieber for their roles in ‘Essence’, their collaborative hit track.
The ‘Crazy Things’ crooner, who was nominated in three categories, however, lost the ‘Best New Artist’ gong to Latto, the US rapper, born Alyssa Michelle Stephens.
Wizkid lost the ‘Best male R&B/Pop Artist’ category to The Weeknd.
Fireboy was among the star-studded lineup of artistes that performed on the night.
Phillip Moses, the Nigerian record producer and singer better known as Pheelz, also performed at the red carpet segment of the event.
This year’s edition of the awards further stretches the impressive run of Nigerian artistes at the annual event.
It is understood that the ‘Essence’ win makes it the first African song to clinch a major category at the BET awards.
It also makes Wizkid the first African artiste to win four BET awards.
Tems also made history at the 2022 BET awards when she became the first African female to win the Best International Category.
With her win at the 2022 BET awards, Tems joins Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy as Nigerians who have won the BET Awards.
Check out the full list of winners below.
BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST
Jazmine Sullivan — WINNER
BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST
The Weeknd – WINNER
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) – WINNER
Wizkid f. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence” – WINNER
BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER
BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST
Kendrick Lamar – WINNER
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smokin Out The Window” – WINNER
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Anderson .Paak – WINNER
BEST NEW ARTIST
Latto — WINNER
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic – WINNER
DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD
Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – “We Win” – WINNER
Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous” – WINNER
BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT
Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER
King Richard – WINNER
Will Smith – “King Richard” – WINNER
Zendaya – “Euphoria” / “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – WINNER
Marsai Martin — WINNER
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Naomi Osaka – WINNER
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Stephen Curry – WINNER