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Wizkid Weighs in on #BETAwards & African Artists Trending Topic

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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imageSince the 2015 BET Awards held last night a number of people – celebrities included – have expressed their displeasure at the fact that African artists get their award hours before the actual show is held.

Wizkid, who made a brief appearance on the red carpet at this year’s show, has weighed in on the topic via his Twitter account.

According to him BET is not too pleased that he did not attend the pre-shows or grant interviews. In his series of tweets he explains the reasons for his actions.

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41 Comments

  1. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    June 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    EHEN! THIS IS WHAT I’M SAYING. SHUN THESE ‘BET’ POEPLE AND THEIR DISRESPECT. EVERYONE SHOULD DO AS WHISKY’ HAD DON. YOU ALL WORK HARD AT WHAT YOU DO AND THAT SHOULD BE RESPECTED BC THEY TOO WILL NOT EVEN BE CALM, IF WE SHOWED THEM ANY DISRESPECT. HABA, WE ARE A CONTINENT WITH CALIBER. NO BE SMALL TIN O. LAST YEAR TIWA FOR PERFORMING TO AN EMPTY AUDIENCE. CARRY YOUR WEIGHT O.

    • A Real Nigerian

      June 29, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Hey look, a CAPS LOCK WARRIOR!!

    • chichi

      June 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      oh, over there, A MERE PEASANT!!!

    • tosin

      June 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

      @A Real Nigerian ….. lmao!!!,your comment though,short but apt. that was mean. Lol!!

    • Bella

      June 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

      your comment sha, you are funny! You no say guy types with passion!

    • lrtty

      June 30, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Sorry but this is an insult coming from akata ppl who r the most marginalized here in the USA. It probably stems out of jealousy in the grand scheme of things bet is a lousy ghetto show here with no gravitas.

    • Sugar

      June 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Am sure wizkid didnt compose this “Perfect English” His PR composed this for him. Wizkid olodo, wetin he sabi.

    • Pretty O

      June 30, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      BET is an American award event, sheesh!!! Nigerians can be so annoying… at least they recognize ur work smh

  2. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    “lol. im hearing BET is mad cause I didn’t attend their pre show and interviews”

    LOOOOOOOOOL
    LOOOOOOOOOL

    do they even know u? he’s talking like he’s beyonce or jay z or kanye. looooooool

    u wanted to show BET some love thats why u attended the show. looooooooooool

    wiz kid nobody knows u outside nigeria. get ur head out of ur bumbum.

    • yayo

      June 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

      its clear ur a bad belle. ur name sounds gay sef

  3. Squad

    June 29, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Correct me if im wrong o but was wizkid not retweeting every one asking him to get the award? Hell he even instagrammed it and thankful for it, now all of a sudden u dnt care. Fuse og seems to be the only sincere one. The rest of ya ll ng artistes seems to be talking out of frustration of not winning. Wizkid where was ur voice all these years? Didnt u attend last year with chris brown looking at drayas ass abeg go and sit down. You are ranting now? Yall ng artistes should have talked since BET tried the shit the first time. Its this year u pple didnt win, u re ranting. I saw a picture of u nd stephanie coker at this years own whether u went to watch or nt sit down….u can as well watch in ur house, when u didnt win u claimed u went to watch. You ng artistes that feel u pple havent arrived till u seek validation from these american stars. Lots of yall are actually much better than them but no o its chris brown nd so what?

  4. Sandy

    June 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I’m so proud of Wizkid!! Honestly the artists last year were disrespected and said NOTHING! Tiwa Savage made such a fuss about being nominated but agreed to perform on a sound stage to an almost empty audience that were made to stand!!

  5. chy

    June 29, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    yemi alade next time sing a better song and expect an award or rather boycott it like wizkid and odg did.on the contrary i know u went there with ur boring hairstyle

    • chichi

      June 29, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      chai

  6. charlybaby

    June 29, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    This attitude of africans has to stop! NO BODY OWES US ANYTHING. The fact that BET has decides to reward african and other continents artitists is a positive thing. It shows that they have a littille consideration for musicians outside the States. But it shouldn’t become something that we Africans look up to so much that we get upset about it. We should rather START DOING OUR OWN THINGS BIG, to the point that someone else from outside will be exicited to be part. We should have an AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT TV Awards or something that would become a huge deal for us.

  7. QueenB

    June 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Wizkid is playing game o 😀 He’s condemning the award show & praising them at the same time :/

    He went to the BET awards to go & follow follow all these American celebrities then when he noticed that the people who actually put money in his pocket (his fans) will be upset, he will start forming “BET, I don’t like how you are treating Africans o! It’s not fair! Blah blah blah”.

    Why did he go if he doesn’t like how they treat African musicians? What is in pre-shows and nominee parties that they will be upset about?

    He better take his time o! If he doesn’t want to be begging when they don’t invite him next year cause we all know the main reason why he’s in LA is for the show.

  8. polypoly

    June 29, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    shut UP wizkid, no one is upset that you didn’t attend nothing boo. Let me spill tea, I may get in trouble with my firm but oh well.

    First things first, African acts have this sense of entitlement ehnnn…swaaaaa!
    Wizkid as well as other African acts attending, were invited to the red carpet as part of the special BETInternational red carpet interview features. For those of you that will claim, BET didn’t do this and that. at least you have heard it from wizkid that he chose not to show up. there was a set time for the redcarpet interviews, wizkid showed up late. the call time was 2pm I believe for the African acts feature and awards started at 4:30pm (live show begins at 5pm PST). red carpet opened at 2pm. there were at least 20 African artistes that showed up, so that’s like a good 2hrs of interviewing people. Wizkid was supposed to be the big African star on the carpet but he showed up late. oh well!

    BET International Act (Africa) award – this award was presented on stage actually. Stonebwoy accepted the award on stage pre-telecast at around 1hour before the show went live. Wizkid stop the lies, who will be in the hall at 10am??? Unfortunately, live taping of an awards show is kinda hellish and with all the big name celebs that were performing BET had to eliminate a lot of awards from the telecast. No tea no shade to my Africans, but the core audience is still americans and they are not here for African music just yet.
    BET taped the African award, so it could be inserted into the BET International broadcast. when its televised in Africa, you will see Eddy Kenzo & Stonebwoy. and others.
    Eddy Kenzo got his award on the red carpet. there were BET international red carpet hosts (south african/ brits i think) that were conducting interviews. so you will see a well curated show tailored for the African audience.

    FuseODG – big liar!!!! I will call you out, so this rat was booked for a show with BBC 1xtra on the same day as BET in London. I know one of the PR chics in jand that worked with BBC and she is African. anywho, she got a pic with him. I was like, gurl isn’t fuse a nominee and she said he just performed in jand. only for FuseODG to know say he chose not to attend cos BET gives award backstage…..like what??? am like, didn’t I just see vids & pics of you in London doing antenna dance?? I called my friend and she said fuse was booked at least a week prior to the show. chaille bye!!! these Africans ehn, they can sabi form…..tufia.
    catch this tea – FuseODG sent that tweet thinking BET was gonna hand the awards from backstage and other Africans were doing copy copy. now they all look dumb. smh!

    BET is no saint, but this time around, they did nothing wrong. sadly, they are unaware of all this backlash on the blogs.

    BN Team – please next time, it will be good if yalll do some investigating on social media to verify what these celebs post. cos FuseODG was clearly being messt with that post.

    ps: I served this tea and have plenty receipts…..lol #polyNEVERdisappoints #yaasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • Precinder

      June 30, 2015 at 1:27 am

      They still have the right not to honour the invitation ma/sir! U mean ODG should turn down a show that will earn him some money for an award behind the scene? Why do u sound like BET is doing them a favour? They are stars in their own right!

    • Susan

      June 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Wow that was an essay or should I say dissertation. Polypoly, you really have time. Wow! ?

  9. GhenGhen

    June 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    But when it’s Davido he’s busy begging for votes on any and every award show he’s nominated on. He even denied collecting awards backstage.. watch it here – youtube.com/watch?v=am5tKNokU2U . Davido act’s like someone who is just seeing money for the first time and worships the ground all these American akatas walk on. Look at how much he paid Meek Mill for that rubbish song. Davido can’t perform in Tanzania nor Kenya anymore because they hate him there(Thats east out of the equation).. he can’t perform in Ghana anymore(A huge chunk of West) and no one is checking for him in North. Anyways my point is Davido only cares about awards and making as much money as possible before his 2 more years(mark my words) of music is up. Big up Wizzy for staying true and keeping it about the music!

    • GhenGhen

      June 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Sorry, I found the wrong vid. There’s an actual video of him denying it with his mouth.

    • David M.

      June 30, 2015 at 12:02 am

      Fool…enemy of progress,you wishing ill on someone else wont make your life better..anyway they all said Davido would be a one hit wonder,but a few years later he is winning BET awards so please,you cant see the future so just chill

    • Me

      June 30, 2015 at 2:01 am

      We should mark your words because you are God right? Thank you God for being God because if you left us in the mercy of humans, one would be scared to offend their master lest they deprive one of oxygen

    • Susan

      June 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Oh please shut it. I’m not a Davido fan but he’s not hated in Kenya or even Tanzania. Where do you get your stories from? Because he said BBA was rigged when Tayo didn’t win, and Diamond started dissing him on Twitter (stupid boy that Davido gave fame after collaborating with him); that’s why you’re saying he’s hated? Get your facts right! Most of you chat bs. I am not a Davido fan and I do not like him one bit but the guy has fans, even beyond Africa.

  10. Olori Tari

    June 29, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Always wondered why BET did it this way…I hate it and it rubs me the wrong way (although it’s true that they don’t present all on stage, with reasons such as the core audience x timing)!

    BUT Lmaooo am I mistaking or was Wizkid not everywhere when he won that time with who again (Sarkodie?). You also tweeted with beaming ‘joy’ about your nomination this year and you hoped to win it. Lol or is my head making all this up (I highly doubt it). I’m waiting for IcePrince to wade in too, since it’s the new trend. The new cool thing especially when you don’t win. Meanwhile, I just read a post on IG that put Wizkid on blast for his misbehaviour in LA and what supposedly went down with the BET thing not the “BET is mad, he didn’t attend” one he is saying here. Who shall we believe?

  11. Ndubuisi

    June 29, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I live in America and the way black Americans treat Africans are not fair when the day BET the are only talking about black Americans only the see Africans as people who sold there ancestors into slavery b/c of that the deep hatred is still there some people living outside U.S will not understand this fact but it’s true. The are not even happy that African music is blowing up as it’s being going for over 5 years now.

  12. So true

    June 29, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Living in America right now, I agree with wiz, black Americans demand respect from white america so we too can decide to demand more respect from them, as they are doing to us what they claim others are doing to them. I have no time for them

  13. chi-e-z

    June 30, 2015 at 3:22 am

    but it’s not only african artists. They do this 4 a lot song writers, poets etc. .. and every awards show does this including oscars cause tv time 4 shows can only be so long of course they’ll have to prioritize awards to mostly those whom black American audiences are aware of/interested in. IDG the fuss. I don’t even like award shows crowded and photographers are just ugh…

  14. Julie

    June 30, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I agree with wiz in a way and disagree with him as well . Us africans have put these American artist on this high pedestal as if they are bigger and better then us. African music is way better then American music ( but that’s none of my business though) why is it that American artist can come to Africa and sell out venues but African can’t do the same in America . Why I can turn on my tv and hundreds of American artist video play on my tv but I can’t do that same when I’m in America for African artist. America cultural has been made to be this basic way of life, music, food , and dressing . This will continue if people don’t learn to embrace their own culture and show case it to the world. To sum up my rant. IF YOU ACT AS A FAN YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE A FAN. The song with sarkodie and ace hood is a good example of us African acting as if Americans are better then us or as if we owe them something

  15. SOLO ACT

    June 30, 2015 at 3:58 am

    i am proud of wizkid! plz african acts should stop going to this AKATA award. imagine if MTV gave African americans their award at the pre show! mchew

  16. Anita's Pikin

    June 30, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I love how people are happy to eat crumbs from the under the table instead of eating from the table. African music is good music! if you can’t give accolades properly then don’t do it at all. How can you be reveled in Africa and take your award on the red carpet, is that how we treat American stars in Africa. if BET wants to be in the business of awarding International artists, then they need to step it up. Abeg, let BET keep their awards; its America; you speak up when you don’t like shit and you don’t accept the BS. If you dont feel like you product is all that, no one go believe you. don’t beg…

  17. sibongle

    June 30, 2015 at 6:13 am

    My rant:
    BET awards my ass. How can they be celebrating Blackness at the same time be ashame to be associated with the origins of BLACKNESS. They learn quickly from their captives how to segregate and ask my Fine Free Black Princes And Princess’s to pass through the BACK DOOR to get an AWARD or INSULT me thinks. AND YET THEY HONOUR WHITE ARTIST WHO DONT EVEN BOTHER TO TURNUP TO COLLECT. IMAGIN THE SHAMELESS DOUBLE STANDARD. NO FREE AFRICAN WHO KNOWS THEIR PROUD ROOTS SHOULD STAND FOR THAT NONSENSE. A FEW OF U AFRICANS, SHA NEED TO RESPECT YOURSELVES. I SAY THROW THAT INSULT IN FORM OF AN AWARD OF SHAME BACK TO SENDER. WE IS FREE WE DON’T NEED YOUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. WE ARE MAKING IT ON OUR OWN IN OUR OWN COUNTRIES FREELY. BLACK AMERICA CANNOT MAKE IT OUTSIDE THE CONSTRUES OF A WHITE ENGINEERED SOCIETY. AFRICAN ARTIST NEED TO BURST THAT STUPID SHOW AND FORM THEIR VERY OWN “THE REAL BET AWARDS’. PLEASE JUST BYCOURT THE SHOW AND SUPPORT THE MOBO instead. Backstage indeed. Nonsense.

  18. laykay

    June 30, 2015 at 6:29 am

    The whole situation is messed up, BET would pride themselves in pushing musicians from the US more and people more prominent over there than Africans, irrespective of how popular a Nigerian musician is, if your songs don’t play on their TV stations, I mean core american stations, they would not put you on the forefront of whatever awards they are hosting, I can imagine how demeaning that can be for someone who is very prominent in his country, there is also the politics of this job, there are ways to handle them, I am sure Tiwa was attempting the political part that was why she sang to an almost empty audience hoping someone would be like this lady is amazing we should use her more often…. Newsflash is, there are many unsaid things, it may not happen soon for an African. Some of these guys are mean in the heart but sweet in words.

  19. gloria

    June 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    get urself a sit mr polypoly,wizkid is a star its either u sit or stand,and as humans i sure knoe we are all entitled to our own opinion,he said he cant stand BET giving awards before the main show,mr poly what is your business in that,story teller,i am sure wizkid is not your family or yur younger broda,sit back and watch wizkid fly high while u sit there and criticize him,bigmouth

  20. nene

    June 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

    if i never liked wizkid, i like him now!

  21. zeezee

    June 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    African Americans (I mean those who are actually slave descendants, and not naturalised migrants) are as ”racist” to Africans as whites are to them IMO. But whites do it in a politically correct way. They’ve been disregarded for so long that they’re taking it out on Africans. I remember that video of white people trying African food and then black Americans too. It was on the blog some months ago. The white people tried to be a little more polite, but those black Americans were really derogatory. See what decades of being the underdog has made them.

  22. Shannie

    June 30, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    The only thing BET is going to do is get rid of the category. I really like Nigerian music, but it’s not something that is well know in the states, so they don’t even have to have this category. With all these complaints, they’ll probably just cut it loose.

    I hope Wizkid is making good music for the new album instead of just running his mouth of social media.

  23. Itafaji

    June 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Nigerian Artist will get my respect after they stop lip-singing on stage. If i want to hear your cd play back i can do that in my car or at home. Until then Other organization will not take you seriously. Why do you think all african artist that are glorified remain relevant, its because that played live and not lip-singing. Kudo to those who try. Its about time you start doing it the right way until then you will be consider second class citizen. Finally before you worry about BET how about you worry about in the in-house musical industry in Nigeria.

  24. Christopher M. George.

    July 1, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Nawa o… No be to comment, which wan be all dis sub-blogging *passing by*

  25. tilda

    July 1, 2015 at 6:52 am

    sam Smith who is a brith did not bother to attend. And just listen to the comment made by the presenter bout Sammy not attending. It says Black Entertainment meanwhile Sammy gets spotlight and snubs it while Africans get treated like underdogs. Not cool. May be they should name it black American awards. Nigerian artist do not even need the market. They have all the recognision from the most populous Black African Nation which in financial terms means bigger market. These BET financiers are just trying to muscle into you guys market. Uou guys need to shut that down.

  26. Jhennique

    July 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Until you people step up your game and atage performances you will be receiveing backstage awards! rubbish! u want to go and perform on and international stage and disgrace us with your tuneless ambience? take seat!

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