Cape Town – Tsonga rapper Sho Madjozi just walked away with the BET Award for Best International Act – and made history as the first South African female to do so.

The awards were held on Sunday night at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The 27-year-old, who recently won Newcomer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) was nominated alongside artists such as: Teniola Apata (Nigeria), Headie One and Octavian from the UK, Jokair and Nesly (France) and our very own AKA.

Cardi B and British star Ella Mai were among those to pick up gongs at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards.

In her acceptance speech the Huku hitmaker thanked her team before sharing what the award means to her.

“My story is testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar. For girls that come from where I am from, which is Limpopo, I just want to say that you don’t need to change who you are, you can still be big,” she said.

You guys voted for me and we did it!!!!! THANK YOU ?????????? Best new international act!! ?? #BETAwards— #LimpopoChampionsLeague (@ShoMadjozi) June 24, 2019

Although the awards will air again tonight on BET Africa (DStv 129), many South Africans stayed up to watch the live show.

Several celebrities took to Twitter to congratulated the rapper. 

Omg!!! Congratulations @ShoMadjozi— Thando Thabooty (@Thando_Thabethe) June 24, 2019

She did it! Congratulations @ShoMadjozi – You definitely deserve this one for your talent, passion and always staying true to your essence????????????????#BestInternationalAct— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) June 24, 2019

SHO MAJOZI, Just did that!!!! Congratulations @ShoMadjozi on your BET Award! #BETAwards19 

Rt in appreciation for the Superstar that is Sho Majozi!! #iyaa!!!— Lasizwe (@lasizwe) June 23, 2019