Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha

Spotlight on: Nomzamo Mbatha to host BET Awards International pre-show

South Africa’s IT girl Nomzamo Mbatha will host this year’s BET Awards International ‘Locked & Lit’ pre-show on 29 June.

Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha

South African television and film actress Mbatha is not new on the BET stage. She has graced the BET red carpet for the past few years as a host, co-presenter or attendee and in 2017 joined the BET A-team as a presenter.

Voice of the diaspora

Mbatha told Majesty Magazine SA that she feels honoured and privileged to amplify the voice of the diaspora at the BET Awards 2020.

“BET International continues to celebrate black excellence in every corner of the globe and I am excited  to get the opportunity to give this celebration the gravity it deserves,” Mbatha said.

The humanitarian actress also advocates for social justice, especially for those who are displaced around the world. She also took part in the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US, from where she is now based in California.

“The #BlackLivesMatter Movement was louder than ever before,” she reportedly said.

“The rise of the international black community in standing together with African Americans truly exemplified the saying ‘an injury to one an injury to us all’. That even during a pandemic. We are undefeated. Here’s to us! Here’s to Black Entertainment.”

Actress and comedian Amanda Seales, of NBC’s Bring The Funny will host the main awards ceremony on 28 June. It will be broadcast on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) on 29 June at 02:00 CAT.

However, this year’s awards presentation and other ceremonies will be virtual, as is the case with many ceremonies and awards in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Seales also shared how this year will not only mark 20 years of the awards, but 40 years of BET. Hence it was important to emphasise how BET will address the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The show will incorporate messages about current events, including nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racial injustice.

“Honestly, I think it’s more seamless than people imagine,” Seales said.

“For other networks and other shows, it might require a lot more thought process, but for a black music show, black music has always been intrinsically connected to what’s going on in black lives.”

Star-studded line-up

The star-studded line-up of performers includes, among others: Chloe x Halle, NAS and Rapsody.

It also will feature performances by John Legend, Summer Walker, Alicia Keys, Usher and many more, including Samuel L Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael B Jordan, Naomi Campbell and  Viola Davis.