- This is the first time since 2010 that no Ghanaian has been nominated in the category
- Organisers have merged African acts with those from the UK and Europe
Black Entertainment Television has today announced its nominations for the upcoming awards in June. And surprisingly, there is no Ghanaian in the Best International Act category.
This surprise comes against the backdrop that the period under review was thought to have seen some of the best things in Ghanaian music in the last decade. Two artistes who will be most surprised they are not nominated will be Sarkodie and Stonebwoy.
Sarkodie released his 5th studio album in 2017, Highest. The album topped charts in iTunes downloads. Stonebwoy was not to be left as his Epistles of Mama peaked at number 13 in the Billboard world album charts.
This is the first time since 2010 that a Ghanaian has not been nominated in this category. The Best International Act category itself was introduced in that year.
In 2012, Sarkodie won the category. And so did Stonebwoy in 2015. They are the only two Ghanaians to ever receive the honour.
The category itself has been dominated by Nigerians over the years. The nominations of 2018 looks likely to enhance the trend even more.
This year, organisers have reverted to the criteria of 2010. Nominees from Africa and the UK have been put together.
These are the nominations for this year:
Casper Nyovest (South Africa), Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Davido (Nigeria), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DR Congo), Stormzy (UK), J Hus (UK), Booba (France), J Hus (UK), Stefflon Don (UK), and Niska (France).
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