Davido makes his­tory at 2018 BET Awards

Sunday Express - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NIGE­RIAN mu­si­cian Davido ( pic­tured) has be­come the first in­ter­na­tional act nom­i­nee to re­ceive his award live on stage dur­ing the main Black En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion (BET) Awards. This is the first time a nom­i­nee of the Best In­ter­na­tional Act cat­e­gory is re­ceiv­ing the award dur­ing the live show since the in­cep­tion of that cat­e­gory in 2010.

The is­sue of Best In­ter­na­tional Act nom­i­nees re­ceiv­ing their awards at the back­stage or be­fore the awards is one that has lin­gered on for years.

Or­gan­is­ers of the awards, BET has re­ceived a lot of flack from artistes and Africans for the de­ci­sion to award nom­i­nees in that man­ner. This has, in the past, made artistes like Wizkid, who has won that award twice — in 2012 and 2017 — crit­i­cize the or­gan­is­ers of the awards.

He once said in an in­ter­view that he doesn’t go for such shows be­cause he “doesn’t take non­sense” from such or­gan­is­ers.

For the first time, BET de­cided to change its own rules by al­low­ing nom­i­nees of the Best In­ter­na­tional Act cat­e­gory to re­ceive their award on stage.

Dur­ing this year’s awards at the Mi­crosoft The­ater in Los An­ge­les Sun­day night, Davido beat Booba (France), Cassper Ny­ovest (South Africa), Dadju (France), Distruc­tion, Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (Congo), J Hus (U.K), Niska (France), Tiwa Sav­age (Nige­ria), St­ef­flon Don (U.K) and Stor­mzy (U.K) to win the award. The Nige­rian mu­sic star in his ac­cep­tance speech sent his con­do­lences to Dbanj, who lost his one-year son on Sun­day.

He also used the plat­form to mar­ket Africa: “I want to talk about Africa...my con­ti­nent has been so blessed to in­flu­ence so many cul­tures... I am telling you guys to come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes...” “Let’s col­lab­o­rate,” he urged US artistes to work with African artistes. This is Davido’s sec­ond BET Best In­ter­na­tional Act win. He won the award in 2014. — myjoy­on­line.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.