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Wizkid and Stormzy Win Best International Act, Issa Rae Slays and Other Highlights From the 2017 BET Awards

From Issa Rae's "awkward black girl moment" to Solange's acceptance speech, here are the highlights from this year's BET Awards.

DIASPORA—The 2017 BET Awards went down last night in Los Angeles and it was a rather eventful night to say the least.


Starboy, Wizkid, beat out Mr Eazi, AKA, Nasty C, Davido and more, taking home his second Best International Act: Africa award. While grime heavyweight, Stormzy won his second Best International Act: Europe award. Sadly, it seems that despite some artists best efforts and angry tweets from previous years, these awards were still not televised.

Nonetheless, some of our favorite African celebs were in attendance. Some as presenters, others as performers and some were just there being black and beautiful.

As with any award show, the 2017 BET Awards offered a healthy does of awkward mixups, humor, technical difficulties, and also top-notch entertainment.

Below are some highlights from this year's award show.

Our favorite showrunner, Issa Rae had quite the "awkward black girl" moment when MC Lyte mistakenly introduced her as Black-ish star, Yara Shahidi. I guess things come full circle? There was nothing awkward about how fly Rae's looked in her outfit though!

French Montana enlisted The Ghetto Kids for an "Unforgettable" performance of his hit song with Swae Lee. It was great seeing the Ugandan dance crew on stage with the two rappers, but the overall performance did have a few questionable moments. Insecure star Yvonne Orji summed things up nicely with this tweet:

You can watch the performance for yourself here:

Ghanaian actor Kofi Siriboe showed up looking like this:

Princess Vitarah and comedian Michael Blackson were also in attendance.

OkayAfrica favorite, Solange won the Centric Award, and her acceptance speech was just as gracious as you'd expect.

Mahershala Ali won Best Actor for his seminal role in Moonlight and Beyoncé, of course,  lead the pack with seven wins.

Congrats to all the winners!
Music

Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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