Edrisa Musuuza alias Eddy Kenzo on Sunday won the ‘Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artist’ award at the 2015 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.
Kenzo became the first Ugandan artiste to ever win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.
“Before I say anything let me dedicate this award to all Ugandans wherever you are in the world, it has been a long journey; it’s the first of its kind in East Africa. This is for Uganda, Uganda really needed this. To all my fans all over the world thanks for the support and the voting May God bless you. Am coming home God is the greatest,” Kenzo wrote on his Facebook page.
The new category was decided by fans which helped Kenzo beat two new African artistes in South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, Ghana’s Mz Vee and three from the UK.
Kenzo’s Sitya loss video went global and fetched over 7 million You Tube views making it the highest Ugandan viewed video.
“The Pearl of Africa is for real. Congratulations Eddy Kenzo BET Awards 2015 – International Viewers Choice winner,” Uganda Media Centre boss, Ofwono Opondo wrote.
BET Awards are organised annually by America’s Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
Below is the full list of winners
Ultimate Icon, Music Dance Visual Award: Janet Jackson
Humanitarian Award: Tom Joyner
Best New Artist: Sam Smith
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyoncé
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: Chris Brown
Best International Act UK: Stormzy
Best International Act Africa: Stonebwoy
Best Group: Rae Sremmurd
Best Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”
Best Actress: Taraji P. Henson
Best Actor: Terrence Howard
Youngstars Award: Mo’ne Davis
Best Movie: Selma
Best Gospel Artist: Lecrae
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “7/11″
Video Director of the Year: Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Sportswoman of the Year: Serena Williams
Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Curry
Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award: Nicki Minaj f/ Drake, Lil’ Wayne & Chris Brown, “Only”
Centric Award: The Weeknd, “Earned It”
Fandemonium Award: Chris Brown
Lifetime Achievement Award: Smokey Robinson