BET International has reacted to the huge uproar by a number of people for what has been described as disrespect for nominees from Africa and the UK.
Barely 24 hours after the BET Awards 2015 were held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Ghanaian nominee for Best International Act, UK category and eventual loser Fuse ODG took a swipe at the organizers of the awards explaining why he boycotted the awards show.
In a tweet, the Azonto hit maker disclosed the presentation of awards to African and UK nominees backstage was a disrespect for their hard work and achievements.
Dear @BET, the reason why I didn’t come is because you give our awards backstage! You have no respect for our hard work and achievements
— Fuse ODG (@FuseODG) June 28, 2015
This swipe paved way for a general discussion on the subject via social media as several others including one time BET Award winner Wizkid and Yemi Alade joined in.
However, BET International has a response for them and the response suggests Fuse ODG, Yemi Alade and Wizkid are all ignorant.
Although not a direct response to any of their tweets, a humble plea by a fan of BET on its post on Instagram yielded some response as the organization disclosed the awards were not given backstage unlike many have been made to believe.
In a post to celebrate Stormzy, winner for the Best International Act, UK, a fan commented saying;
“Sweethearts we luv u and thank u but pliz change your ways. Most people anticipate receiving their awards but u present the awards backstage or weird places. We want new faces if u r promoting other artistes around the world, show them to us…its the viewers that have voted not u. just saying”.
In a very short response, BET International responded saying; “This was not backstage. It was on the BET Awards stage.”
Does this end the question of presenting awards backstage now? I guess the next question would be, why present those awards hours before the main event?