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What Justifies BET Giving Awards To AFRICAN Winners Backstage?

Posted by Jim Donnett on June 29, 2015 in Editorial, Social Views · 26 Comments

I love this industry. You wake one morning to watch how drama perpetrated by some of it’s biggest and well-celebrated acts, just unfolds itself. As y’all know, the BET Awards held yesterday and for us Africans, our concern is majorly on the category where more of our home grown acts like Wizkid, Ice Prince, Davido, Sarkodie, Mafikizolo, Yemi Alade, 2face, AKA, Fally Ipupa, D’Banj and more others slug it out for the “Best International Act: Africa” award.

The news this time is not the fact that Wizkid or Yemi Alade didn’t win, neither is it Stonebwoy’s win but that Fuse ODG – a British musician with Ghanaian origins, shaded the hell outta the show organizers. He boycotted the gig to attend the Glastonbury Music Festival (where he also made a surprise appearance on the set’s line-up) and later tweeted that his reason for skipping the show was as a result of his dissatisfaction with the manner BET regards African artistes.

See his tweet below.

This disrespect now, refers to their constant nature of presenting the awards to non-Americans before the show and off the actual (LIVE) stage. In 2011 when this feat began, 2face Idibia and D’Banj won. Although Idibia was unavoidably absent, the awards were presented to the koko master backstage. Same thing happened in 2012 when Wizkid and Sarkodie won. Even with Wizkid’s absence, it still didn’t save them the charade as Sarkodie who was actually seated in the hall, had his award presented to him backstage. By now, it was already a trend and it continued for category winners, Ice Prince and Davido the years 2013 and ’14 respectively.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Fuse ODG is very African (by origin) but he was was nominated in the “Best International Act: UK” category because of his music’s prominence abroad. And it so happens that he’s the next person to vividly express his discontentment when he directed snide shots at BET with his tweet. This brings back memories of the time Dencia made a fuss about it the year Ice Prince won, but apparently everyone just thought she was busy hating. Perhaps Fuse’s rant opened more people up to this realization because next to slam their obvious show of disregard would be fellow African and BET nominee, Yemi Alade. She expressed her sentiments in an instagram post as shared below.

Talk of drama… mama effyzie had taken off the comment for reason we do not want to speculate or fathom but you can bet that it’s slowly on it’s way to viral status… no thanks to the screen shotting technique and those blessed with genius mind hand of fastest finger first.
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  1. With time tinz will change

  2. Atleast u nigerians are given awards, jamaicans who are badder than bad has never been given any award from BET. So appreciate and always remember america isn’t africa.

    • @anonymous 7:07pm, tchetche u talk too much, start listening to Jamican music na Jamican Famil, mtchew #ProudlyAfrican

  3. Modafuckin BET

  4. Nawa ooo, Fuck BET for disregarding african acts… But why yemi alade con delete the post na… Laffing ma ass out…

  5. Actually its really sad to our Whole continent been treated in that mana,I will not be surprised if its concluded that there are racist practices among the black nation. this take me back to same here in south Africa the unquenchable flame of Xenophobia……what is wrong with black nation? Africans and blacks should respect each other and be unify……The MAMA’s is 18days from now let’s see the outcome as Usual. African Music is my Pride!!

  6. It doesn’t make sense to present it 5 hours before the main event and even backstage when BET is all about BLACK entertainment.

    • Omo, the thing tire me o. That’s black on black “hate crime”

  7. @anonymous 7:07pm, tchetche u talk too much, start listening to Jamican music #ProudlyAfrican

  8. Fuck BET, all African artiste should boycott the BET award

  9. #fact

  10. Here’s your Demn root now you wanna fuck with it #fuckbet #fuckwinners #fuckyouall

  11. God bless Africa ?

  12. Well iceprince and davido got their award on stage,i watched it,infact ice prince presented it to david on stage.

    • Ofcourse it was given on stage, but why hours before the main event. Go watch the show again, the crowd wasn’t shown and no applause was heard. The hall was virtually empty

      • You are the one who needs to watch it again. Ice prince & Davido collected theirs live on stage. Ice prince called out all the nominees in that category while they were sitting upfront. I still have both shows on my system if you want it.

  13. And the funny thing is that it’s these fucking black Americans having thheir ancestors sold out to slavery. We’ve always be freemen here

  14. i wish all Africans can snub dis BET Award cos to it shud not b Called BET rather RBET Racist Black Entertainment TV

  15. Am not surprised that the greatest poor race in the united state are black . this clearly explains it .

  16. This is sickening,these niggaz pretendin like they arent one of us,come on guyz snap outta of it,we are all africans,its only that you live in America,but i think the afri..americans are scared of the africans,they afraid of them taking over cz ofcos we got 1 billion ppo behind us,i mean just look at lupita nyong’o…Bet..u shud change your title to A.A.E.A,ie African American Entainment Awards..#stop disrespecting your race

  17. If a white-man doesn’t want u in his club, do well and prepare urs. Don’t act like how he did but rather Charge him more than he can think of. That makes urs more quality and classic.

  18. Giving African awards act back stage???? how sick is that !! Africa is not a fuckin contry its a fuckin continent!!!! if u black racists have no regard for African acts just remove that damn category from the list. Its crazy to nominate Africa greatest acts only to embrass them with a back stage award !! I swear i aint watchin any More BET awards if Africa is treated like this again

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