In 2015, several African and UK artists criticized BET’s treatment of them, saying that their awards were presented to them in a pre-recorded segment backstage. Nigerian popstar Yemi Alade called for an end to the category. BET’s Rights & Research Administrator for Business & Legal Affairs, Lilian Blankson, responded to the criticism in a series of tweets, denying that the award was given out backstage in a pre-recorded segment. We can always check this out for a confirmation, this internet serves all information. Did it happen ???
Recall also, we earlier reported that Wizkid and Burna boy was nominated for the Best International Act at the 2021 BET Awards. The duo were the only Nigerian artists nominated under the category with 6 other artists from UK, France, Jamaica, and Tanzania.
You would also recall that Wizkid won Best International Act in 2017, Davido in 2018, and Burna boy won the award in 2019 and 2020. Though all the winners from various categories of the BET award will be announced on the 27th of June, music lovers have taken to social media to rep their faves and predict the winner of the Best International Act award this Year.
Now , following the hype of the BET Awards, Jada took to her Twitter account to voice out her thoughts about Wizkid winning the award. According to her, the only thing that could mess up Wizkid’s chances of winning the award this year will be society. She indirectly threw shade at Burna Boy as she implied the society might be enticed to vote for him and not her talent and the father of her son, Zion.
Burna Boy won it in the last two years and Wizkid won it in 2012, when the category had two divisions for Africa and the UK. Earlier in the year, Wizkid and Burna Boy won the Best Music Video and Best Global Music Album categories respectively at the 2021 Grammy Awards. In 2020, Wizkid also won the BET HER Award for ‘Brown Skin Girl.’
Wizkid and Burna Boy also featured together in Wizkid’s video for ‘Ginger,’ which dropped earlier in the year.
According Business Wire, internationally, the show will simulcast on BET Africa at 2 am CAT and MTV Brazil at 9 pm BRT on June 27th, followed by international broadcasts on MTV UK on June 28th at 9 pm BST, BET France on June 29th at 8:45pm CEST.
The show will also be available to watch on My5 and Sky On-Demand in the UK beginning June 29th.
The award was previously shared on two different occasions, three of the four winners being Nigerians. D’Banj and 2face won in 2011 while Wizkid and Sarkodie won in 2012. This format was then scrapped in favour of a single winner, leading to Ice Prince hoisting the trophy by himself in 2013. Davido won the second individual award and DJ Black Coffee took the award at the last ceremony. At some point the South African said Wizkid deserved the honour.
This year, Wizkid has the opportunity to make good on the DJ’s claim as he joins seven other African acts on the list of nominees for the forthcoming edition, which was made public on 15 May. He has been nominated at each of the past two editions without winning.
Wizkid said: “I heard BET is mad because I didn’t come for the pre-shows and interviews… But I won’t be attending your pre-shows and nominee parties if I’m getting the award at 10am before the main show – same reason I didn’t come backstage to pick up the award when I won the first time.”
A BET representative responded on social media saying African acts need to be humbled. “Stop tweeting lies and mistruths. There has never been a backstage presentation of any award. Pre-recorded,” BET’s rights and research administrator for business and legal affairs, Lilian N Blankson, said. “It does nothing to the network to take it away – but it sends us back several steps.”
I Think this shows they have been impartial in their selections, no man’s ‘Glory’ for another !!!
But is Wizkid taking it this time ??