Los Angeles - Nigerian pop star Davido won best international act on Sunday at the BET Awards and urged greater collaborations between US and African musicians.
The BET Awards, established by Black Entertainment Television to recognize the best in African American culture, maintains an international category for black music from outside the United States.
Davido, 25, thanked his listeners in Nigeria and said that Africa as a continent "has been so blessed."
"I'm telling you guys - come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes," he told the audience full of African American A-list celebrities.
"Let's collaborate, everybody. Let's collaborate, man," he said.
Other artists nominated for the BET international award included British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Stefflon Don, French rappers Booba and Niska and the French-Congolese soul singer Dadju, SA's Cassper Nyovest and Distruction Boyz along with Kinshasa-born singer and guitarist Fally Ipupa and Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage.
South African muso Sjava also won a BET viewer's choice award for best international act in a separate category that wasn't broadcast on TV.
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A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS BELOW:
— Video of the year: Drake
— Best male R&B/pop artist: Bruno Mars
— Best female R&B/pop Artist: Beyonce
— Best male hip hop artist: Kendrick Lamar
— Best female hip hop artist: Cardi B
— Best new artist: SZA
— Album of the year: DAMN. Kendrick Lamar
— Best group: Migos
— Best gospel/inspirational award: Lecrae featuring Tori Kelly
— Best collaboration: DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, "Wild Thoughts"
— YoungStars award: Yara Shahidi
— Viewers' choice award: Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow"
— Video director of the year: Ava DuVernay
— Best actor: Chadwick Boseman
— Best actress: Tiffany Haddish
— Best movie: Black Panther
— Sportswoman of the year: Serena Williams
— Sportsman of the year: LeBron James
— Humanitarian award: Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King, Anthony Borges and James Shaw Jr.
— Lifetime achievement award: Anita Baker
— Ultimate Icon Award: Debra Lee
— BET HER award: Mary J. Blige
— Best international act: Davido (Nigeria)
- Viewer's choice best international act: Sjava (South Africa)