Cassper Nyovest is no more a fan of the South Africa Music Awards (SAMAs), calls it “trash”.
Speaking at a press briefing following the announcement of the 2018 BET Awards nominees, South African rapper Cassper Nyovest indicated that he is over the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and most other local awards shows.
[mark color=”yellow”]Checkout: Cassper and Jason Derulo drop video for FIFA theme song ‘Colours’[/mark]
When asked about his beef with the SAMAs and why he places so much prestige on international awards, Nyovest stated that he had been involved in what has felt like a fruitless and endless back and forth with the awards show that caused him to lose faith in their credibility.
“I can’t submit to the SAMAs every year when I don’t understand them. Nobody had ever answered us. We keep submitting just to say “ah, F the SAMAs,” but we keep submitting. So, for me, I was like…you know? When I thought about it, I don’t really need the SAMAs you know, they don’t take me anywhere, they don’t expose me to anybody…” said Nyovest. Before adding, right at the end “the SAMAs are trash though!”
Although the SAMAs are taking place in the first weekend of June, Nyovest will instead be heading to the United States for the 2018 BET Awards in which he is nominated in the best international act category alongside SA’s own, Distruction Boyz as well as acts like Stormzy, Steff London, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Fally Ipupa to name a few.
In a BET Awards first, the top nominees from Africa and Europe (as voted for by an academy of industry experts) will now compete for the Best International Act category AND the winner of the said award will get the chance to be honored on stage during the main show.
[mark color=”yellow”]Click to also watch Ksazobalit by Cassper – video[/mark]
This follows a boycott of the ceremony by a number of artists who did not appreciate the fact that they were handed their award either in a closed, non-broadcast ceremony or backstage during the main show.
One of the first artists to voice their frustration was former nominee, Fuse ODG, who tweeted “Dear @BET, the reason why I didn’t come is because you give our awards backstage! You have no respect for our hard work and achievements.”