Once again BET Awards will be coming off some weeks on and as usual in Ghana, it always comes with its own tilts on: who deserved to have been nominated or not; how are GH reps nominated; why BET gives awards backstage to Best International Acts – Africa; and why Ghana always gets fewer nominations compared to other African countries.
Kwasi Kyei Darkwah popularly known as KKD The Finest, once disclosed he is one of the Adjudicators on the BET Awards. For answers to the above mazy issues, Presspeep.com contacted him from his London base.
He first confirmed, he is no longer on the BET Awards:
“No longer. Adjudicators change from time to time. It is so with every award scheme.”
This year, Nigeria had 4 nominations, with South Africa bagging 3 nominations in the Best International Acts – Africa category. Ghana had only one nomination. For his thoughts on that, KKD continued:
“The naked truth is, our songs are not travelling. That is my simple answer. The Nigerian songs are getting wider rotation and play. Don’t forget some of the members on the BET attend events organized by African communities and when they visit, they hear the songs played at such events.
“Nigerian songs are mostly played. They go and hear songs from Nigerian new acts like Tekno, Runtown, Mr. Eazi, and others – why won’t BET nominate them?
“How many of our Ghanaian new acts currently, have their songs enjoying massive airplay abroad? Mention just two for me. I’m waiting”
He expanded his thought:
“Already, we don’t see our artistes or musicians as big! All great cultures, appreciate their own first before others! Let’s start believing and celebrating our own and others will follow suit. In as much as we don’t see the greatness in our own, we shouldn’t expect others to see them as great!
“I once went to Nigeria and spent 10 days. Within the 10 days, I heard only one Ghanaian song played on radio – it was by VIP! Our DJs play the Nigerian songs more here and make them popular at the expense of our own musicians – so who do you blame? Let’s blame ourselves!”
On the widely believed and debated backstage awards, KKD said:
“It is important to note that in the US, the UK and France as in Ghana, not all awards are given on stage. Typical example is the OSCARS.
“Some of the awards are given before the live telecast of the glamorous ceremony starts. It is simply impossible to present every award within the limited time of the live telecast.”
Ending, KKD advised Ghanaian musicians on BET nominations:
“Any Ghanaian, any African who gets a nomination on the BET Awards should first understand that their good work has been recognized by a major brand.
“I would encourage them to secure a flight with a knowledgeable manager/publicist, book a hotel and fly all the way to a land that takes showbiz seriously. They should see BET Awards as collaboration with producers, artistes, media outfits, distribution and marketing outfits, etc.”
Ghanaian musicians who have had nominations/won in BET Awards in the past are; Kwadwo Antwi (first – 2010), D-Black (second – 2011), Sarkodie – won the Best International Act – Africa together with Nigerian musician Wizkid ( third – 2012), R2Bees (fourth – in 2013), Sarkodie (2014), Stonebwoy – won (fifth – 2015), MzVee ( sixth – 2016), and Stonebwoy this year – 2017.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to annually celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
EnterGhana.com | Credit: Presspeep.com | Ghanaian BET award adjudicator KKD is no longer with them – plus explains why Ghana had Fewest nomination