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Monday, 01 July 2024 10:25

South Africa's Tyla and Makhadzi win big at the BET Awards 2024.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

South African artists Tyla Laura Seethal and Ndivhudzannyi "Makhadzi" Ralivhona won top awards at the BET Awards 2024, demonstrating their talent, impact and global influence.

Established in 2001, the awards celebrate black talent in music, film, sports and philanthropy. This year's nominees were picked by the BET Voting Academy, which includes industry experts from music, media, sports journalism and the creative arts. 

The Sunday night's awards ceremony was held at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Tyla, the 22-year-old sensation known for her viral hit "Water," won Best New Artist and Best International Act.

She also won a Grammy in February.

Taking to X, BET captioned their post: "Africa to the World!' Congratulations to the pretty girl from Joburg, Tyla for winning Best New Artist."

"I did not prepare anything, but I just want to say thank you so much to my Tygers [Tyla's name for her fans], my family, my team. Thank you to BET for always pushing the culture," Tyla said in her speech when she won Best International Act.

The Johannesburg-born mega star wowed the audience with a live, safari-themed, high-energy performance of "Jump" from her debut album, featuring American rapper Gunna and Jamaican dancehall artist Skillibeng.

Makhadzi from Limpopo, won the BET Viewers Choice: Best International Act award.

Her win was extra special as it coincided with her birthday.

Known for her unique musical style and powerful stage presence, Makhadzi's success further establishes her as a stand out artist.

Makhadzi took to her X (formerly Twitter) page to share her accomplishment, captioning the post: "Congratulations to myself and all my people who have been supporting me."

While accepting the award, the Limpopo-born singer was donned in a red designer dress. As a form of appreciation, Makhadzi bowed and lay down on her side in true Venda style.

These wins are not only personal achievements but also significant for South African music on the global stage, inspiring future generations of African artists.

New South African Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture Gayton McKenzie praised their accomplishments on X.

"Things are happening already, congratulations to both ladies. We want to assure South Africans that we will not be a Ministry that will be content with congratulating artists and creatives only but will go out and unearth more Tyla’s & Makhadzi's. Help us find more future superstars."

Album of the Year went to Killer Mike. Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, a category in which Tyla was nominated, went to Sza. Best Male R&B/Pop Artist and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Usher.