Nigeria’s Wizkid and Ghana’s Sarkodie walked off as joint winners of the Best International Act: Africa category at this year’s BET Awards.
The glitzy awards ceremony, which took place in Los Angeles, on Sunday, was attended by some of the biggest names in the game.
Sarkodie took to Twitter shortly after his win to thank his fans. “From da streets of TMA str8 2 @BET_Intl …. God has been too good 2 me.. Love ma fans promise we ll go higher justsave some love 4 me…”
Other winners on the night included Jay-Z and Kanye West who collected prizes in the Best Group and Video of the Year categories.
Their platinum-selling album Watch The Throne, was one of the most successful selling albums of 2011 and their tour has been met with huge acclaim worldwide.
On accepting the award Kanye said, “I’m bad at losing. I’m bad at winning. I’m always saying the wrong thing and I wish Jay-Z was here to say something politically correct for me.”
And with that Jay stepped on to the stage, hugged his friend and said, “Thank you. We really worked hard on this album. We didn’t rely on our name. We appreciate everybody, the tour, from here to Europe. We’re just going to keep making the best stuff.”
Beyoncé and Chris Brown also scooped awards in the Best Female and Best Male categories respectively.
Check out the full list of winners:
Best Group – The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)
Best Actor – Kevin Hart
Best New Artist – Big Sean
Best Male R&B Artist – Chris Brown
Best Female R&B Artist – Beyoncé Knowles
Best Collaboration – Wale ft. Miguel
Best Gospel Artist – Yolanda Adams
Sportsman of the Year – Kevin Durant
Sportswoman of the Year – Serena Williams
Best Female Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Lifetime Achievement Award – Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Video of the Year – Otis by Kanye West & Jay-Z
Centric Award – Common
Best International Act: Africa: Wizkid (Nigeria) and Sarkodi (Ghana)
Best International Act: UK: Emeli Sandé