May 23, 2012


Homeboys Ayo ‘Wizkid‘ Balogun and Panshak ‘Ice Prince‘ Zamani have been recognized by the the 2012 BET Awards.

Both acts have been nominated in the ’Best International Act: Africa’ category.

The nominations were announced in New York with Mindless Behavior, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, DJ Khaled, Astro, A$AP Rocky and Diggy among those present for the nominations ceremony.

The list which was unveiled last night sees the two gifted Nigerian artistes up against the likes of Kenyan Hip-Hop/R&B group Camp Mulla, Ghanian rapperSarkodie, South African singer Lira and French speaking Malian rapper Mokobe for the coveted Best African Act prize.

Wizkid who released his debut album ‘Superstar‘ last year has had a fantastic run;winning a MOBO Award, signing up with Akon’s Konvict Music and touring Nigerian and the UK. He is to kick off his US tour later in the year.

Ice Prince has also had it going pretty well for him; also releasing his debut‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince‘, collaborating with Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian and winning the ’Best African Act’ at the 2012 Ghana Music Awards.

Last year, African pop giants D’banj and 2face came out tops and received a joint award prize in the same category.

US rapper Kanye West leads this year’s nominations list with seven nods, 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.