Stonebwuy on the BET stage Wura
African artistes who attend the BET Award have often complained about being mistreated and one of the artistes who has allegedly experienced the “back door award” presentation policy, Stonebwoy, has come out to talk more on the issue.
Ghanian dancehall act, Stonebwoy in a chat session on Ghana’s HITZ FM 103.7 revealed that he received his award on stage and not back stage as it was insinuated on social media and other media outlets.
Stonebwoy explained that he was given his award on a pre-recorded show from the event which was aired live on the “Lala Anthony’ Show, which has a huge fan base in London and still don’t understand why people term this as “backstage.” In his own words; “So many people saw me on television, live on Lala Anthony, I don’t know any word which says prerecorded is backstage.”
Stonebwoy, who is the current BET Best African Act of the year, further explained that it was his greatest wish to see his country, Ghana, being represented on every prestigious stage, where Africans are being celebrated. “We even want to perform on the BET stages, and even on the GRAMMY stages and any other prestigious stage which has an African category in there, that is my dream and my wish, I don’t only want to receive awards on stages’, he said.
However, Stonebwoy will and should expect a lot of backlash from his African counterparts in the entertainment industry, especially from the likes of Wizkid, Yemi Alade, and Fuse ODG who have all made public comments condemning the disrespectful way African acts are treated by the organizers of the BET awards.
The criticism from this artistes prompted Lilian Blankson, the Director of Programming and Production at BET International to post a series of tweets defending the BET brand and issues concerning backstage award presentation. According to her, African artistes need to do better at pushing their brands in the international market and stop looking for shortcuts.
Well, there is one question that kept ringing in my head all through Stonebwoy’s interview and it is ” was there anyone in the hall when you were handed your award?” Because to me if you are given an award “hours” before the main event starts then something is definitely not right.