Nominations for the prestigious Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards have been announced, and for the first time since 2010, Ghana-based artists are absent in the Best International Act category.

Usual Ghanaian candidates; Stonebwoy and Sarkodie, who were highly anticipated to make an appearance, failed to do so, in something with many deem a big blow to the industry here.

This year sees the merger of Best International Act: Africa & UK, and that crown is contested by Davido, Tiwa Savage, Booba, Dadju, Distruction Boys, Fally Ipupa, J Hus, Steflon Don, and Niska. Indeed, Ghana’s only real association with the category would be the nomination of Gryme act, Stormzy, who, though is a UK artist, bears Ghanaian ancestry.

R2Bees, Kojo Antwi, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, MzVee, and D- Black constitute Ghana’s BET International Act honourees in the last six years.

Hiphop mogul, DJ Khaled leads this year’s nominations with 6.¬†Other big nominees include Migos and SZA, who earned 4 nominations each.¬†Bruno Mars, Drake, Beyonce, JAY-Z, Cardi B and Chris Brown are also nominated for cardinal awards.

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