Tanzanians file petition to disqualify Diamond from BET Awards

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Diamond will be battling against other African artists including Nigeria’s BurnaBoy and Wizkid.

Published on June 6, 2021

Tanzanian star Diamond Platinumz’ quest to compete for the Best International Act prize in the upcoming BET Awards is in limbo.

Days after his nomination, some of his country people are up in arms, and, in an online petition, have called on BET Awards to disqualify him.

“Diamond Platnumz has failed to show basic concern and publicly express any solidarity with his fellow artists,” part of the petition read.

This comes days after Tanzanian government through one of the parliamentarians endorsed his nomination and asked Tanzanians to support him.

“Tunaomba Diamond Platnumz asaidiwe kushinda tuzo anayogombea, in the name of the country,” MP Nusrat Hanje said.

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Diamond will be battling against other African artists including Nigeria’s BurnaBoy and Wizkid.

BET Awards 2021 is scheduled for Sunday, June 27, with a live show audience from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

In other news, Konde Music Worldwide CEO Rajab Abdul Kahali a.k.a. Harmonize has indirectly mocked Diamond Platnumz for his BET nomination.

In a cryptic message, the Never Give Up hitmaker compared Diamond to other seasoned Tanzanian artistes while insinuating that they are ‘old.’

“BET, I know how you guys care about legends, 2022 please don’t forget Sir Nature and H.Baba,” read Harmonize’s message.

Undoubtedly, the two (Sir Nature and H.Baba) are legends in the Tanzanian music scene, but the mockery was inescapable.

Harmonize and Diamond fell out in 2019, when the former decided to quit Diamond’s WCB label, and was consequently made to dish out Sh500 million in order to gain exclusive rights to his music catalogue worked on under WCB.

It has been a rollercoster of jabs from both ends as the two coninue to claim top spot in Bongo Flava.

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