Nomzamo Mbatha To Co-Host the 2017 BET AWARDS INTERNATIONAL Ceremony

South African presenter Nomzamo Mbatha has announced via her Twitter account that she will be co-hosting the BET International Awards alongside Eva Marcille. 

Mbatha who is slowly making in road in the US, she just returned few weeks ago from the US where she was invited to attend The Tenth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in New York, posted this about the BET gig;

"Still hasn't sunk in yet...Proud to Announce that I will be CO-HOSTING The BET AWARDS INTERNATIONAL ceremony, Saturday alongside Eva Marcille."

She followed that with: "The awards are pre-recorded and will be taking place on Saturday. All the best to everyone nominated in the Best International Act: Africa."

The BET AWARDS INTERNATIONAL ceremony is an event that is held before the main event where winners in the Best International Act; AFRICA and EUROPE are announced. The event also features performances from artists from outside of the US. 

The event is separate from the main awards ceremony and forms part of the BET AWARDS week which also includes pre-Awards gala and concert in the US. Much like the SAMAs in South Africa has two ceremonies on the awards weekend. 

Comedian Lesley Jones is the host for the main awards ceremony, The BET AWARDS on Sunday which features the big categories. 

The split on the two ceremonies has not been without some controversy. Just last year a number of African stars took to social media to profess their discontent about the split. Some going as far as to decline an invitation to attend the ceremony over the matter. 

“Dear @BET, the reason why I didn’t come is because you give our awards backstage! You have no respect for our hard work and achievements” tweeted Fuse ODG.

Yemi Alade shared a similar sentiment. “Why on Earth is the Africa category held hours before the main event? If African artists are not worthy in your sight. Pls by all means delete, cancel, omit the best international act africa category from this glorified award” wrote the two-time BET Award nominee.

BET offered the following statement in response by saying: “We are proud of our track record of recognising international artists at the BET Awards… Like any televised award ceremony, the BET Awards uses prerecorded segments to ensure that as many honourees as possible are included in the show. In some instances this means that segments of the show are prerecorded.” 

While last year's event was not broadcast, it would appear that this year the event might be broadcast a day before the Sunday main event. 

The BET INTERNATIONAL AWARDS event/ceremony will be held on Saturday, 24 June in Los Angeles. 

Congrats to Nomzamo Mbatha. Keep rising! 

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