WATCH | BET Global Visionary Award — Forbes family accept another posthumous award for AKA

05 October 2023 - 12:22
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AKA died on February 10 this year.
AKA died on February 10 this year.
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The Forbes family jetted off to Atlanta, US, to accept AKA's Global Visionary Award at the 18th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Kiernan “AKA” Forbes, who was shot dead on February 10, was nominated in the Best International Flow category with Mzansi hit maker K.O and other stars, but scooped a bigger award which celebrates the impact he had in the hip-hop landscape. 

“Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes was not just a music icon, he was a visionary. BET is proud to celebrate his innovative spirit and unwavering dedication to his craft which left an indelible mark on the world.

“We are honoured to recognise his extraordinary contributions with the Global Visionary Award at the 2023 ‘BET Hip-Hop Awards’. AKA’s legacy will forever inspire future generations, reminding us that music transcends borders and has the power to unite us all,” senior vice-president, GM Paramount Africa, and Lead BET International Monde Twala said. 

AKA's daughter Kairo and his mother Lynn graced the red carpet at the awards.

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AKA's win comes after he received six nominations at this year's South African Music Awards. 

AKA was nominated for his album Mass Country in the categories Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Best Collaboration (for the single Lemons [Lemonade] featuring Nasty C), Best Collaboration (for the single Company featuring Kiddominant), and Best Produced Music Video (for Lemons [Lemonade]) featuring Nasty C. 

The slain rapper's legacy keeps shining as he continues to be acknowledged for his contribution to the music industry.

Aside from his album Mass Country raking in 35,404 units, equivalent to 40,972,588 streams, the rapper is also scooping awards. 

At the 10th edition of the African Muzik Magazine Awards (Afrimma), AKA posthumously won an award for Best Male Southern Africa and his girlfriend Nadia Nakai, who hosted the event, won Best Female Southern Africa. 

At the second instalment of the Content Creator Awards, AKA won Song of The Year for Lemons (Lemonade) featuring Nasty C. 

His mother Lynn Forbes took to the stage to accept it on his behalf. 

At the 17th edition of the Metro FM Music Awards, AKA won Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Male Artist.

AKA’s father Tony Forbes, Lynn, Kairo and business partner Raphael Benza took to the stage to accept the accolades on his behalf.

The Vth Season record label executive Raphael told TshisaLIVE this was the late rapper’s biggest music accomplishment.

“It’s reaffirming to see what a brand and music legend he has become. I feel he is smiling down on us and bragging as usual to the good legends with him. It’s still hard not to hear and see him do it. This might be his biggest music project ever.”

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