In what may appear as a significant break through for the Nigerian music industry, P-Square and MI were rated in the list of nominees for the 2010 BET Award which was released during the week.
Both artistes are up for the Best International Act award.
In what many analysts have described as an unusually strong contingent from the African continent, Nigerian born veteran soul singer, Sade, was included in the list of nominees as well.
Other Nigerian born acts nominated for awards include soul singer Laura Izibor and rapper Wale. Jay_Z leads the nominations list in general with a total of 5 nominations.
To be hosted by Queen Latifah, the 2010 BET Awards is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the Shrine Auditorium, L.A.
According to a release by the organisers, BET AWARDS â€˜10 will recognize the achievements of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories. Front runner Jay-Z gets five individual nominations across multiple categories: Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year (for which he holds two nominations) and Viewerâ€™s Choice.
Closely behind are Beyonce (Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewerâ€™s Choice), Alicia Keys (Best Female R&B Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year, Viewerâ€™s Choice), Trey Songz (Best Male R&B Artist, Best Collaboration), Viewerâ€™s Choice) and Melanie Fiona (Best Female R&B Artist, Best New Artist, Video of the Year, Centric Award) with four each.