Lilian N. Blankson, has waded onto the never ending 2015 BET Awards saga saying, "If the US artistes are not outraged and complaining, why are we?"
The Director of Programming and Production at BET International, Lilian N. Blankson, has waded onto the never ending 2015 BET Awards saga.
Just when we thought controversies surrounding the BET about African acts showing their displeasure at how the awards organisers present its ‘’Best International Act’ category, Lilian Blankson has fired back.
In a series of tweets, Lilian raised issues inhibiting African acts making it onto the main stage at the BET as well as urging African artistes who have been honoured on the platform before to speak the truth than remain silent as a few others others misinform the majority.
Below is the the series of tweets by Lilian;
“BET will always signify Black Star Power… Africa, if we want to be featured prominently, we need to know the facts and be very practical.
First of all, tell the truth and stop tweeting lies and mistruths. There has never been a backstage presentation of any award. Pre recorded.
We need to work hard and get our music on the radio here in the US. How do ppl respect ur brand when you are not on the radio?
Make your music more internationally appealing… Think of ways to get all audiences invested. Oliver Twist is a great example. Universal story.
Folks worked so so hard to provide a platform for Africa on the network. We won’t get there overnight. And misinformation won’t help.
BET domestic does not and has never aired African music so to have a category is a major deal. Let’s prove and show them our worth not anger.
The artists who have been honored – why haven’t you cleared the air and told the truth abt what happened! Why the silence???
Out of 19 categories, only 4 or 5 make air. This is standard in Award Shows. If the US artists are not outraged and complaining, why are we?
Performances sell Awards shows & make ratings, not the categories. Lets step up our game & get our music so big they can no longer ignore it.
If you choose to fly down and watch the show and not do press who exactly do you think is affected or missing out? Think about it.
Let’s try and keep our category and know the facts. It does nothing to the network to tale it away – but it sends us back several steps.
Finally, let’s be a little humble. No one owes us anything. Like everything else, we have to work our way to the top so we can stay there.
Nothing has ever come easy to us Africans. But anything worth having will not be a cake walk. Started from the bottom, but we here.”
Lilian who directed the first African Cypher on BET that featured Sarkodie, D-Black, Kwaku-T, Ayigbe Edem, Baby G, Tinny, and Reggie Rockstone, is also the brain behind initiating the inception of the BET International act category.
Also, she was in charge of producing special programmes such as BET’s 25th Anniversary, The BET Awards Show, Celebration of Gospel, Rip The Runway, Comedy Awards, Walk of Fame, Spring Bling, and the Hip Hop Awards for the BET network.