Are African artists respected by black people in the US? Sometimes, it’s hard to say. But this tweet by the artist Fuse ODG seems to suggest that there are artists around the world who feel disrespected by the BET Awards. Access to the American market is valuable for any artist, especially those overseas, and Fuse doesn’t seem to feel that African arists are being respected.
“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,” he said on Twitter.
The artist who made the remark, Fuse ODG, was born Nana Richard Abiona. He is a British muscian of Ghanaian descent. He is best known for his 2013 hit, “Antenna,” which reached number 7 on the UK Singles Charts.
Fuse ODG was nominated for the Best International Acts Africa award along with other artists, including Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Wizkid, Yemi Alade, AKA,The Soil, Congolese singer Fally Ipupa, and Kenyan Afro-Pop band Sauti Sol. The award was won by Stonebwoy.