There is no doubt that Kenyan stars are churning out some really huge tunes and videos. No, we are not even arguing that we have upped our game and that like Khaligraph Jones dissed last week; “Those Nigerians have got nothing on the 254.”
That is just cool.Well, the BET nominations are out and Nigerian artistes have made a parade for the Best International Act: Africa flowering. It is a game for their Davido, Tekno, Wizkid and Mr Eazi to lose against South Africa’s Aka and Babes Wodumo as well as Stonebwoy from Ghana. Nothing is coming in from the East.
And with the entire East Africa region missing out in an event where the likes of Sauti Sol and Diamond have shone before, what signals could this be sending about our industry then and now?
Beyoncé is the leading nominee for this year’s BET Awards.
The pop star, who is the most nominated and winning artiste in the show’s 17-year-history, scored seven nods for her Lemonade — including album of the year.
The ceremony celebrates black excellence in music, film, TV, sports and philanthropy and will air live June 25 from the Microsoft Theater at 8 pm Eastern time (3am on June 26, local time).
Last year, Beyoncé’s polarising Formation video took one of the night’s biggest honours, video of the year; this year, her bawdy anthem Sorry is up against hits from Big Sean, Migos, Bruno Mars and her sister, Solange.
She’s also nominated for collaboration (with two different songs), female R&B/pop artiste and video director. Bruno Mars follows with five nods, including album of the year and male R&B/pop artiste.
Solange’s breakout A Seat at the Table scored the singer her first BET nod since 2009. She collected four, including album of the year.
Migos and Chance the Rapper also landed four nods, with Chance leading the pack for new artist (the Grammy winner is up against 21 Savage, Cardi B, Khalid and Young M.A.) and album of the year.
BET anchors its awards spectacle with a multi-day festival across multiple venues at downtown’s L.A. Live, including Staples Center and the Novo (formerly Club Nokia).