Hello guys and welcome to episode 11 of #AmeyawSays. In this episode I talk about the trending BET Awards and Asamoah Gyan's mega mansion, opening party.
In 2012 I wrote an article that the BET Awards again snubbed the Best International Acts category by presenting the awards to winners offstage. I wrote: "It still remains a mystery to most African music enthusiasts why BET refuses to acknowledge the international acts on stage, with many sharing their disgust on social media. Certainly, if these artists travel miles across the globe to attend the event, BET could at least give them 30 seconds to receive their spotlight. For a network meant for Black Entertainment, it makes no sense for artists like Justin Beiber to shine at BET Awards while original African acts get quarantined as if they were some disease. Yes we saw the international acts (Africa and UK) on the red carpet, media center etc and that is some exposure in the US for them. But BET should seriously consider fully recognizing these artists at the awards."
Fast forward to last weekend's event, and the same thing happened. The only thing different this time is that nominated artists such as Fuse ODG, Wizkid and Yemi Alade spoke out to say they felt disrespected by the actions of BET and BET International. As much as I love what BET International is doing for our artists, I think it is about time they took it to the next level. A lot of people are complaining about the fact that the awards are given 'backstage' or 'offstage' but I think what we really need is inclusion in the main awards. Even if the International categories are going to be pre-recorded, it should be aired or announced during the main event. As it stands, it is only pre-recorded and announced in the telecast for BET International.
Anyway I hope that by the stars adding their voices to the cause, and social media supporting their calls, next year would bring a new wind. Watch the vlog and share your views too, don't forget to catch-up on some exclusive details from Asamoah Gyan's house-warming party for his 'Basilica De Baby jet'. Hmm, who almost drowned?