In a night filled with surprises and fierce competition, Grammy-winning Nigerian sensation Burna Boy faced a stunning defeat as he lost all seven of his nominations at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The highly anticipated event took place at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 3, 2023, and was broadcast to millions of fans on Tuesday night, October 10, 2023.
Burna Boy, who had been a dominant force in the music industry, faced fierce competition in various categories. Kendrick Lamar emerged as one of the biggest winners of the night, as he swept away several accolades that were within Burna Boy’s reach.
In the highly coveted Hip Hop Artist of the Year category, Burna Boy lost out to the formidable Kendrick Lamar, who proved his prowess once again. Kendrick Lamar also clinched the title of Lyricist of the Year and Best Live Performer of the Year, leaving Burna Boy with no room for victory.
The surprises continued for Burna Boy as he lost the title of Hustler of the Year to the iconic 50 Cent. Moreover, his hit collaboration ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ featuring 21 Savage faced defeat at the hands of Lil Durk and J. Cole’s ‘All My Life’ in the Best Collaboration of the Year category.
Burna Boy’s losses didn’t end there; his music video for ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ featuring 21 Savage was surpassed by Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Just Wanna Rock’ for the Best Hip Hop Video award. Furthermore, ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’ also fell short in the Song of the Year category, where it was bested by the same song.
In contrast to Burna Boy’s night of disappointment, Ghanaian prodigy Black Sherif secured a significant victory in the Best International Flow category. He triumphed over formidable competitors including South Africa’s late AKA and K.O, France’s Gazo and Ninho, as well as UK’s J Hus and Central Cee, among others.
The 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards undoubtedly showcased the fierce competition and talent within the global hip-hop community, leaving fans and industry insiders buzzing with excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead in the world of music.