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Wizkid, Anatii Win Big at BET Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The Nigerian and South African artists, respectively, won soul train awards for their contributions to 'Brown Skin Girl."

Nigeria's Wizkid and South Africa's Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé's hit song "Brown Skin Girl."

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award" last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

Related: Listen to New Wizkid Songs From His Surprise 2019 EP 'Soundman Vol. 1'

The song was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration Performance" category.


The show was hosted by Martin stars Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold and was full of performances from stars like Wale while singers Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, and Carl Thomas performed during a lively soul cypher.

The big winners of the night were Chris Brown and Lizzo. Check out the full list of winners below.

2019 BET Soul Train Awards Winners:

Best New Artist – Summer Walker

Soul Train Certified Award – Trevor Jackson

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award – Kirk Franklin

Rhythm & Bars Award – Cardi B, Money

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – H.E.R.

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Khalid

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Cuz I Love You, Lizzo

Song of the Year – No Guidance – Chris Brown feat. Drake

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award – Brown Skin Girl, written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter)

Best Dance Performance – Chris Brown feat. Drake, No Guidance

Video of the Year – Lizzo, Juice

Best Collaboration Performance – Chris Brown feat. Drake, No Guidance

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