Hiphop artiste, Kwesi Arthur, says his Black Entertainment Television (BET) nomination has united the Ghanaian music industry.
It could be recalled weeks back when the list of nominees for the 2018 BET Awards was released and Ghana missed out completely leaving DJ Khalid and Kendrick Lamar to top the list. Well, “Anthem” hitmaker Kwesi Arthur has saved Ghana with his nomination for the Viewer’s Choice ‘Best New International Act’ for the 2018 BET Awards.
It’s now clear how Ghanaians adore the BET AWARDS! It’s has become the standard mark which separates the top boys from the small boys regardless of their talent and creativity.
Kwesi Arthur’s nomination has received massive support from both mainstream and underground artistes in the country.
The likes of Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Kidi, M.anifest, MzVee Kwaw Kesse, Kuami Eugene, King Promise and many others, have taken to their various social media handles to show their support and also entreat others to vote for the young rapper.
For a while now, there have been talks by some industry persons that Ghanaian artistes don’t support each other and there in no unity amongst persons in their space.
Speaking in an interview with KMJ on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, Kwesi Arthur said he was humbled by the support and love he has received from the music industry.
He highlighted the unity his nomination has brought to the music industry.
“…There is unity. Everyone is posting about it on social media. Sarkodie to Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Jocelyn Dumas, John Dumelo and others are all posting about it. I think the unity is back because everyone is talking about it. If that is not unity then I don’t know what that is…,” he said.
Kwesi Arthur said he was surprised after he received news that he had been nominated for the BET Awards.
The “Grind Day” rapper said, “I am very confused right now but I feel blessed because I was not expecting it and I feel like God is at work. I didn’t believe it…”
He also talked about being a school drop out, he received no admission letter from universities he registered after he completed Senior High School (SHS) and thought life could end for him considering the part of the world he found himself.
“I couldn’t go to school. I bought admission forms but I couldn’t get admission. But now look at what God is doing. He is so great…” he said.
To win that award, he has to beat off competition from Mc Soffia (Brazil), Prince Waly (France), Niniola (Nigeria), Sjava (South Africa), Sik-K (South Korea), Nailah Blackman (Trinidad And Tobago), Not3s (UK), Iamddb (UK) and Take A Mic (France). Head over to the @bet_intl page on Instagram to vote for Kwesi Arthur by typing the hashtag #IPICKKWESIA18 in the comment box.
Kwesi Arthur, whose song ‘Grind Day’ won ‘Hip Pop Song of the Year’ at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards, becomes the second Ghanaian to be nominated for that category. MzVee was nominated for that award in 2015.