After weeks of social media campaigns, votes and endorsements from artistes like Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, John Dumelo and MzVee, Kwesi Arthur lost out on the Viewers' Choice: Best New International Act’ at the 2018 edition of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday.
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South Africa’s Sjava won the award by beating other strong contenders like Ghana’s Kwesi Arthur, Nailah Blackman (Trinidad and Tobago), Not3S(UK), Prince Waly (France), Sikk (South Africa), TakeAMic (France), MC Soffia (Sao Paulo) and IAMDDB(UK).
Being the only Ghanaian to be nominated this year, Kwesi Arthur’s inclusion in the awards triggered a nationwide show of solidarity.
After the nominees for Viewers' Choice: Best New International Act’ were announced, Kwesi Arthur, who was clearly overwhelmed tweeted:
“This journey just gets crazier each day, who ever thought a kid from C9 Tema, Ghana would be nominated for such a prestigious award!! We thank God for the grace, and I can't thank you people enough for your support!”
Anyway, Kwesi Arthur didn’t feel like a loser when things didn’t go his way when South Africa’s Sjava was announced the winner during the Pre-Show on Sunday.
Even though the Grind Day hit-maker was hopeful of winning the award, the loss hasn’t dampened his spirit.
He made known his feelings in a tweet, “How can I lose when I came from nothing.”
Kwesi Arthur is the second Ghanaian artiste to be nominated for that category. MzVee was nominated for that award in 2015.
The Best International Artist Viewers' Choice Award was introduced in 2015 and is voted for by fans. It is intended to celebrate rising stars across BET's international footprint. Tanzania's Ray Vanny took home the award last year.
The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.