Zimbabwean singer, SHA SHA was awarded the 2020 BET Awards Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act, becoming the first Zimbabwean to win the prestigious award
The Amapiano vocalist took the award at a powerful ceremony which included a line-up of artists, entertainers, cultural icons and inspiring humanitarians across 21 categories which all took place virtually on Monday 29 June 2020.
SHA SHA was nominated in the Viewer’s Choice: Best New International Act together with Rema (Nigeria), Celeste* (U.K.), Young T & Bugsey (U.K.), Hatik (France) and Stacy (France).
Sha Sha, real name Charmaine Mapimbiro, is a singer born and bred in Zimbabwe Mutare and is currently signed to record producer DJ Maphorisa.
The show was broadcast virtually in response to safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, marking a first for the network.
Africa was well represented as Sho Madjozi, Burna Boy and INNOSS’B battled it out for the number one spot in the Best International Act category while SHA SHA and Remi were nominated in the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act category.
This year’s awards used an array of innovative techniques, including stunning and dynamic artist-generated performances and packages, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the important and inspirational messages of Black Lives Matter and the urgent need for racial equality.
The ceremony was an extraordinary celebration of black culture, love, joy, and pride, setting a new bar for awards shows produced during the ongoing pandemic.
Winners in the 21 categories were selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is made up of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals.
Major stars who graced the event included Alicia Keys, Chloe x Halle, DaBaby, D Smoke, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Jonathan McReynolds, Kane Brown, Lil Wayne, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, SiR, Summer Walker, Usher and Wayne Brady.
The killings of Black men and women while in police custody was captured in most of the performances
Popular comedian and actress Amanda Seales hosted the show