BET AND BET INTERNATIONAL NAME SOUTH AFRICAN RAPPER YOUNG STUNNA AS ITS ‘BET AMPLIFIED’ ARTIST FOR MAY 2022
BET and BET International reveal Amapiano sensation Young Stunna as its BET Amplified artist for May 2022. BET Amplified is BET Music's stamp of approval on the next big thing in music. Born and raised in Daveyton, South Africa, the 22 year old has taken the music industry by storm with his new-age Amapiano hits, including “Ba Xolele,” “Camagu,” and “Bopha.” Following the success of his hit single, “Adiwele,” Young Stunna, dropped his debut album titled Notumato, which means new beginnings in isiXhosa. The breakout album became #1 across all genres in South Africa and charted highly in multiple African markets like Ghana and Nigeria within its first week of release. Notumato features top Amapiano talent such as Kabza de Small, Big Zulu, and Daliwonga. Young Stunna recently participated in the coveted BET Hip Hop Awards International cypher and can now add BET Amplified Artist to his list of accolades. As a BET Amplified artist, Young Stunna will receive BET Music’s support across multiple BET campaigns and platforms including BET, BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, BET.com, BET Socials and BET’s Official YouTube Page
About Young Stunna
Growing up in Daveyton Young Stunna’s house was filled with multiple musical influences including his grandmother, who played Brenda Fassie, Lebo Mathosa. Their energy and content inspired him to pursue his dreams in the music industry. In grade 5, Young Stunna started writing and released his first track as a hip hop artist. In 2012 he started pursuing his dreams as a hip hop artist, poet, and actor. Young Stunna has worked with industry favorites such as Tyler ICU, Madumane, Eeque Da Dreama, Makwa, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa, Mas Musiq, Aymos and Seekay. Young Stunna continues to be a voice for the youth and paving the path for new talent in the industry to follow.
Previous BET Amplified Artists include Babyface Ray, Blxst, Coi Leray, Masego, Muni Long, Snoh Aalegra, Tems and many more!
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[music] POWERHOUSE ENTERTAINER TARAJI P. HENSON RETURNS TO HOST CULTURE’S BIGGEST NIGHT “BET AWARDS” 2022
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BET announces Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will return to host the “BET AWARDS” LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The “BET AWARDS” was the #1 cable award show among all adults 18-49 in 2021. “BET AWARDS” 2022 airs LIVE on BET on Sunday, June 26 at 8 PM ET/PT.
“I am honored to return as the host of the BET Awards and share the stage with so many powerful and prolific artists; you can even say it is the ‘empire’ of Black Excellence,” said Taraji P. Henson. “Working with amazing partners like Scott and Connie at BET and Jesse Collins Entertainment is a creative’s dream. I can’t wait to celebrate Black music, entertainment, and culture with our viewers on what will be one unforgettable night.”
“Taraji P. Henson is the personification of Black excellence, and we are excited to collaborate with the phenomenal multi-talented stage and screen actress to host the ultimate celebration of Black culture again this year,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “For over two decades, the BET Awards has been home to Black brilliance, talent, and creativity, providing unforgettable cultural moments, and we look forward to raising the bar for BET Awards 2022.
Most recently Henson’s TPH Entertainment struck an overall deal with BET Studios, an unprecedented studio venture launched in September 2021 powered by the infrastructure and financing of BET and Paramount to produce original content for an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, SHOWTIME, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+, and BET. Additionally, BET Studios places programming on third-party platforms seeking best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives.
Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy will oversee the annual show, with Jamal Noisette, VP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy to Co-Executive Produce for BET. Jesse Collins Entertainment is the production company for the show with Jesse Collins, Dionne Harmon and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay serving as Executive Producers.
BET.com/bet-awards is the official site for “BET Awards” 2022 and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.
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