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Yuna first Malaysian to net BET Award nomination

PETALING JAYA: Singer-song­writer Yuna has another feather in her cap – she is now the first Malaysian artiste to be nominated for a BET (Black Entertainment Television) Award.

The 30-year-old Alor Setar-born artiste, who is now based in Los Angeles, received a nomination in the BET Centric Award category for Crush, her duet with American singer Usher, from her latest album Chapters.

Yuna is up against Solange’s Cranes In The Sky, Mary J. Blige’s Thick Of It, Fantasia’s Sleeping With The One I Love, Kehlani’s Distraction and Syd’s All About Me.

The BET Awards is an annual awards ceremony organised by the BET network, which celebrates African Americans as well as other minorities in various fields of entertainment.

The Centric Award recognises neo soul and/or traditional R&B songs and videos. Previous winners have included the likes of Beyonce, The Weeknd and Common.

This year’s awards will take place on June 25 in the United States.

This is not the first time Yuna has made waves internationally.

Released in May last year, Chapters was voted as one of the 10 best R&B albums of the year by Billboard’s critics. Crush also peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Adult R&B charts.

Another Yuna song, On Ghost Ridge, landed on the 91-song long-list for the Best Original Song category in this year’s Oscars, though it did not make the final cut of nominees.

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