A few hours ago, the BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. However, as award show tradition, some categories including the Best International Act: Africa award category was announced before the event itself. This particular category had its winner announced via the award show’s BET Africa twitter account. The account announced South African DJ, Black Coffee as the winner of the category, which fans effectively meant, beating other African acts including Yemi Alade and Wizkid also listed in the same category to the award.
— #BETAwards16 (@BET_Africa) June 25, 2016
However, a look on BillBoard’s website alongside a host of other international journals including US Magazine and HotNewHipHop, the other winner of the same category only Black Coffee had been unveiled for, was Wizkid. Though most of the sites who had the error pointed out rectified it, many valid sources on the internet left the initially recorded win for Wizkid including Google’s uber efficient search engine. But a notable twist is that the BET Awards has a history of awarding joint recognition to artists in this particular category so this won’t be the first.
While our best guess, of course, is the message was wrongly misinterpreted by the international media, we feel the need to mention, Wizkid’s relationship with the BET Awards is not exactly rosy. In fact, call us conspiracy theorists but we can’t rule out the possibility that the award ceremony deliberately decided to omit Wizkid from the announcement of the category winner after the singer’s outlandish statements about the event a few years ago.
Wizkid may have been merely nominated for the category this year, but this is not his first rodeo. The singer had been nominated for the same award last year after bagging the award in 2014, but he had taken to social media to air out his opinion on the treatment of African artists at the award show. According to Wiz, it was unfair for African artists to only receive their recognition during the award pre-shows and not on the syndicated broadcast. The singer threatened to boycott the show and even called on other African artists in solidarity. Did BET refuse to announce his win because of that? Well technically, we will never know. But either way, we all went to bed knowing Black Coffee as the winner of the BET: International Act Africa category. Go figure right?