BET Award Nominee Emeli Sande Hopes to Inspire, Touch Fans

Fresh off receiving her first BET Award nomination for Best International Act (UK), Emeli Sande hopes to inspire listeners through song.

“Songs should be honest,” says Sande. “It’s always been my ambition to touch people the way that music has touched me. I hope to speak for a younger generation.”

Coming off an already impressive year with her debut album “Our Version of Events” and the hit single “Next To Me,” Sande hopes her music will also inspire conversation.

“I want to write songs that you can hear on the radio, but still say something,” Sande tells Interview magazine.

Sande joins Estelle, Labrinth, Sway and Wretch 32 in the International Act (UK) category at the BET Awards. Best International Act (Africa) nominees include Camp Mulla, Ice Prince, Lira, Mokobe, Sarkodie, and Wizkid.

The BET Awards 2012 are slated to air Sunday, July 1 on BET.

Sande’s album, “Our Version Of Events,” is available now.