Nigerian pop star Davido won the Best International Act at the BET Awards on Sunday and encouraged collaborations between American and African musicians. Davido, during his acceptance speech, thanked his fans around the world and said that the African continent is so blessed. He took the opportunity to solicit international collaborations between musicians from all over the world.
“I’m telling you guys – come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes,” he told an audience full of African American celebrities. “Let’s work together, everyone. Let’s work together, man, ”he said.
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Other artists nominated for the international BET award included British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Stefflon Don, French rappers Booba and Niska and Franco-Congolese soul singer Dadju. The other nominees were hip-hop producer Cassper Nyovest and house music innovators Distruction Boyz from South Africa, as well as Kinshasa-born singer and guitarist Fally Ipupa and Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage.
Davido is surely having a roller coaster year with a string of hit songs, feature films and hit accolades. He hinted that an album was going to “shake up” the industry.