This will come as a shocker to most, but not really so to a few of us. The Ugandan music industry has been sidelined by the organizers of the Black Entertainment Television awards 2018. No single Ugandan was nominated in the various categories.

On Sunday 25th June 2018, glitz and glamour will light up the Microsoft Theater in Los n California, USA. All the top artists, actors, and athletes will gather to celebrate art in Black Entertainment as the lucky few of the many nominated will walk away with the prestigious awards.

The BET awards have always been a prize within reach for top Ugandan artistes and such an achievable dream to many – but not this time round. In all the categories available, no Ugandan artiste was nominated, not even in the Best International Act category which we have always scrolled to see first whenever the lists are out.

Eddy Kenzo at the 2015 BET awards.

Eddy Kenzo won the Viewer’s Choice Best New International Artist award in the BET awards 2015, but even before him, a couple of Ugandans had been nominated in the same category including Radio and Weasel in 2013.

Recording Artists Toya Delazy, R2Bees, Ice Prince, Donald, Weasel and Radio attend the Regional Awards during the 2013 BET Awards.

Below is the list of artists who were nominated in the Best International Act category this year:

Booba (France)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (France)
Davido (Nigeria)​
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (Dr. Congo)
J Hus (UK)
Niska (France)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)

DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa was nominated.

Why do you think we are missing this time round? No work? Or is it just that all the above were simply better? We are yet to know but either way, Ugandan artistes have much to do to stay relevant on that international level.

Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!

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