Ayo ‘Wizkid‘ Balogun and Panshak ‘Ice Prince‘ Zamani are both nominees for 2012 BET Awards under the “Best International Act: Africa” category.
Ice Prince & Wiz Kid
Also nominated in the same category are Kenyan Hip-Hop/R&B group Camp Mulla, Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, South African singer Lira and French speaking Malian rapper Mokobe.
Wizkid released his album ‘Superstar‘ last year has had a good career. He bagged a MOBO 2011 Award for “Best Africa Act”. He is currently signed on to Akon’s Konvict Music label and touring Nigerian and the UK. He is soon to kick off his US tour later in the year.
Ice Prince on the other hand has had it well too, he released his debut ‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince‘, collaborating with Jamaican reggae singer, Gyptian and won the ’Best African Act’ at the 2012 Ghana Music Awards.
Last year, African pop giants D’banj and Tuface came out tops and received a joint award prize in the same category at the BET Awards.
US rapper Kanye West leads this year’s nominations list with seven nominations, six of which are from his star collaboration with Jay Z off the ‘Watch the Throne‘ album.
The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and will be hosted by veteran Hollywood actor and ‘Avengers’ star, Samuel L Jackson with performances from Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.