Uncle Waffles, the DJ born in Swaziland, encountered a surprising turn of events at the 2023 Black Entertainment Awards (BET) when she faced disappointment by losing the Best International Act category to Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy.
The BET nominations for Best International Act included an array of talented artists such as Aya Nakamura, Ayra Starr, Central Cee, Ella Mai, K.O, L7nnon, Stormzy, and Tiakola.
The absence of Burna Boy from the show didn’t hinder his victory. Instead, his mother, Bose Ogulu, graciously accepted the award on his behalf.
This unexpected twist added another layer of intrigue to the evening.
Uncle Waffles, who had faced criticism in the preceding weeks for representing Swaziland instead of South Africa, was present at the event.
However, news of her loss quickly spread across South African Twitter, sparking further discussions and debates among fans and critics alike.
I really think Uncle Waffles was gonna win that BET Award if she didn’t deny South Africans and said she’s from Swaziland.
— $ ͪ ⷶ ͧ ᷠ_ ᷜ ͤ ꙷ ᷦ🕊️ (@_ShaunKeyz) June 26, 2023
There was no way uncle waffles was gonna win when the whole Nigeria is voting and in Swaziland only the king’s children are allowed to vote. pic.twitter.com/A6wIcF7vkX
— SewelaNkoana (@sewelankoana) June 26, 2023
Lmao this Uncle Waffles situation is dusting me bec she did this to herself unfortunately. Congratulations to Burna Boy btw.
— Siya (@Lejaka1) June 26, 2023
This outcome not only highlights the diverse and competitive nature of the BET awards but also demonstrates the growing recognition and global influence of African artists.
It serves as a reminder of the vibrant music scene on the continent and the ability of artists from various countries to captivate international audiences.
The social media buzz surrounding Uncle Waffles’ loss to Burna Boy illustrates the power of online platforms to amplify and shape public opinion.
While some may express disappointment or frustration, others will undoubtedly continue to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African artists on a global stage.