FALZ BECOMES ONLY NIGERIAN RAPPER NOMINATED FOR BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2019
Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, is the only Nigerian rapper on the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards nominee list.
The 28-year-old rapper was nominated in a new category, Best International Flow.
BET launched the category to honour artists from around the world.
The rapper will be contending with artistes from Africa, Europe and Canada will compete in the new category.
They are Canadian singer-songwriter Tory Lanez; hip-hop/grime star Ghetts and rapper-singer Little Simz from the U.K.; hip-hop artist Sarkodie from Ghana; South African rapper, songwriter and producer Nasty C; and French rapper Kalash.
The award will be presented on-stage during the live broadcast.
BET began recognising international acts at the BET Awards nearly 10 years ago.
More than 100 artists have been nominated across all regions and categories to date. Davido won the 2018 best international artist honor.
Meanwhile, this year’s nominees list, which was released by Billboard, sees Cardi B leading the pack with 10 nominations.She was nominated in MVP of the Year, hot ticket performer, hustler of the year, best collab, single of the year, made-you-look award, and two nods for the best hip-hop video, & sweet 16 categories.
Following closely are DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, and J.Cole with an astonishing eight nominations each.
Drake, who led the 2018 nominations, falls to third most nominations this year with 7 nods.
The 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards will air Tuesday (Oct. 8) at 8 pm EST on BET internationally and BET Africa on October 9.