The 2015 BET Awards show proved to be one for the books this past Sunday, but not every artist who found themselves among the nominees was pleased with the amount of shine they received (or in this case, the lack thereof.)

Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG of London used his Twitter account to voice his frustrations with BET and this year’s award show for failing to televise the Best International Act – Africa award. Although FUSE was nominated this year but did not win, his gripe with BET has nothing to do with him not winning and everything to do with what he says is the network’s lack of respect for African artists.

Fuse skipped the show and instead performed at the Glastonbury Music Festival. However, when a fan attempted to side with Fuse and criticize BET for supposedly presenting the award backstage, the network responded.


No official response or statement has been released from BET in regards to Fuse ODG’s comments, but he is now mysteriously missing from the 2015 Best International Act – Africa nominees page on their website, so we think it’s safe to say that they aren’t too happy with his public show of disapproval.

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  • BillipPhailey

    For that, Ghanaian man, you should be really grateful. You really don’t want what you think you’ll get.

  • Ann Gomez

    Didn’t he get the memo that most blacks in America hate being black and disregard African roots.

    • Saramel

      The same with black South Americans!

    • Ann Gomez

      Yep and also people from the Caribbean. Accept for the Jamaicans, their the only ones who embrace blackness and African heritage.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Cubans do value their African heritage along with Brazilians, of course.

    • Yes, there is a powerful Afro-Brazilian consciousness movement in Brazil.

  • binks

    Honestly, BET have a hard time spotlighting other black artists that don’t fit the mold of Hip Hop/Rap and R&B in general. I personally would not rely on BET to tell me about other black artists that is not mainstream or black artists from other musical genres or international artists. However, to play devil’s advocate a lot of awards shows don’t put all of their awards’ winners out on the stage for the live show (especially the Grammy’s but then again the Grammy’s have 78 categories) do you know how long a show would be and the BET awards is already like 3+ hours. So if it isn’t the most popular/talked about awards I don’t think most awards are going to televised all the wins. Now if they feel like BET treats them differently because they are international artists than that is another compliant and discussion that needs to be had and resolved.

    • Ann Gomez

      I agree they never give my girl Tamia any airtime and she my fav. Also thier allways dissing neo soul artist, for some odd reason.

    • binks

      Yes, I love Tamia too. She is totally underrated and well with a lot of other black singers because they are “mainstream”. They really do diss a lot of artist from neo soul, jazz, rock, etc. Honestly, BET doesn’t give me everything I need and honestly at this point I don’t expect them too I personally prefer the Centric/Soul Train Award Shows over the BET Awards because at least they branch out and give shine to artists who normally wouldn’t get it.

  • GeekMommaRants

    I love the Jaziell Brothers and Toya Delazy as well as Assa and Lira. African artists are positive and wonderful. Check these folks out. Most of the artist I listen too are South African and Nigerian. Excellent art!


    We complain when the Grammy’s don’t show Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Hip-Hop acts but turn around do the same thing to the Best International Act category.

    SMH @ BET.