- Cassper Nyovest claims that the SAMAs are not as good for musicians as the BET awards
- He prefers to take part in international awards like the BET awards
South African Hip Hop superstar Cassper Nyovest has been quoted saying that the South African Music Awards are trash.
Wednesday night Cassper was at The Capital Moloko hotel in Sandton with the Distruction Boyz, where they were discussing their nominations at the 2018 BET Awards.
They are nominated for Best International Act Award, competing with Fally Ipupa from Congo and Davido and Tiwa Savage from Nigeria.
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The BET Awards were first started in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network. Its aim is to celebrate African Americans and other American minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.
Cassper was asked why he felt so negatively about local South African awards and boycotted them, but has no problem taking part in international awards.
This led to a rant by the Hip Hopster in which he didn't hesitate to call the SAMAs trash.
How credible are the Samas? These are the kind of conversations we need to have. Why are some categories voted for by the people?
I have so many questions, like when I was nominated for my first Sama, I wasn’t nominated for Record of the Year with Doc Shebeleza, and my question was why they had to cut from 20 people to 10 the year we were nominated?
These are questions that haven’t been answered. For me it was like I can’t submit at the Samas every year when I don’t understand certain things and you have questions and no one has ever answered us.
So when I thought about it, for me it was like I don’t really need the Samas. They don’t take me anywhere. They don’t expose me to anybody. They are here in South Africa and people in South Africa know me and love me regardless of whether I win or not.
In terms of the BET Awards they offer me a bigger market and I’m trying to grow. The Samas is trash though.
Quite a mouthful that the singer had to say there.
The Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa and BET International, Alex Okosi, was quick to make it clear that Cassper's opinion of the SAMAs was his and his alone.
The views expressed by Cassper are that of Cassper Nyovest and not BET.
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