Rapper Cassper Nyovest and Durban Gqom duo Distruction Boyz are the two South African acts nominated in the Best International Act category for this year’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards.
“Mr Fill It Up”, Cassper Nyovest, is South Africa’s most successful rapper, having released three albums, all of which have gone platinum. Distruction Boyz, a duo from KwaMashu, are one of our homegrown house sound Gqom’s biggest proponents. They released the massive hit Omunye, a track which caused some controversy when it was discovered that it was almost identical to ‘Trip to New York’, a song by fellow Gqom pioneer DJ LAG.
Past South African nominees include AKA, Babes Wodumo, Nasty C and Black Coffee, who won the award in 2016.
DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar lead the pack when it comes to nominations this year, with six and five nods, respectively, including video of the year, best collaboration, and album of the year.