For the first time, this year’s 2019 BET Awards will be shown live on South African television and across sub-Saharan Africa on BET (DStv 129), with the ceremony that will see its red carpet pre-show broadcast on Monday 24 June from midnight, and the awards show airing from 02:00 on the channel.


The 2019 BET Awards will again be broadcast on the same day of 24 June at 20:00 during prime time on BET.

For the 2019 BET Awards the South African hip hop rapper AKA was nominated in the category for Best International Act, alongside Nigeria’s Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi, as well as Dave and Giggs from the United Kingdom, and Aya Nakamura and Dosseh from France.

In the Best New International Act category at the 2019 BET Awards, South Africa’s Sho Madjozi received a nomination, alongside Nigeria’s Teniola Apata, Headie One and Octavian from the United Kingdom and France’s Jokair and Nesly.

Last year in 2018, for the first time, Nigeria’s Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act award live on stage during the global broadcast of the 2018 BET Awards with South Africa’s Siya, in traditional Zulu regalia, who received his Best New International Act award during the live red carpet pre-show.

This year Connie Orlando, the executive vice president and head of programming at BET will serve as executive producer for the 2019 BET Awards, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

“The BET Awards is a powerful platform for celebrating and elevating black excellence from around the world,” says Alex Okosi, executive vice president and managing director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International.

“We look forward to honouring this year’s Best International Act and Best New International Act during the 2019 BET Awards main and surround programming that will broadcast to a global audience.”

Connie Orlando says “18 years ago, we launched the BET Awards and since then we have celebrated cool in ways that can’t be duplicated elsewhere”.

“From Michael Jackson and James Brown busting dance moves together to Monique paying homage to Beyoncé in an unforgettable dance number, to BET reuniting the Fugees, we have set the tone for what cool looks like.”

“This year we are even more so committed to continuing to create the unforgettable moments that have made the BET Awards the preeminent celebration of black culture. From the entire BET family, we congratulate each nominee and look forward to celebrating their talent and contributions at the 2019 BET Awards.”