Keyshia Cole has seen considerable success in her career, both in the music industry that she originated in and as a frequent star of reality shows which feature her life and times as an artist. Despite a lengthy career of firsts and chart-topping hits, she’s joined a cadre of Black artists who are feeling left out of industry recognition – aiming her ire at BET.
Cole’s been working on her upcoming 8th studio album, that will no doubt cover the finalization of her divorce from former NBA baller husband Daniel “Booby” Gibson, a long-running divorce that was also covered over multiple seasons of the reality show Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood.
With a repost she made on her Instagram Stories, Cole joins an ever-lengthening list of music industry figures who have begun to call out various outlets for the lack of recognition.
Last July, 50 Cent was calling the Emmy award process “racist” at the Television Critics Association when asked why his show Power had never gotten a nomination. “I’d like to say it’s racial. That’s the easy way to get out of things. I just think [the voters] overlook it,” 50 said to the audience at the time.
“The EMMY’s can kiss my black a** in slow motion,” 50 captioned a picture on his Instagram last year showing the breakdown of Power‘s current ratings. “F— em I’m #1 They a bunch of Bengay my back hurt smelling old people anyway.” It seems as if his feelings haven’t changed since then at all, since another year of nominations has come and gone – without any mentions of Power once again.
Taking to Twitter not too long ago, Nicki Minaj had similar complaints about the Recording Academy, which is responsible for awarding the Grammy awards every year — considered the highest honor in the music industry.
Never forget the Grammys didn’t give me my best new artist award when I had 7 songs simultaneously charting on billboard & bigger first week than any female rapper in the last decade- went on to inspire a generation. They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 24, 2020
Rewind back to 2012, and Minaj was nominated in the Best New Artist category – which she ended up losing to Bon Iver, a loss which stunned many of her fans and caught others by surprise, given the massive success she was having in her career at the time.
Her tweet ended with, “They gave it to the white man Bon Iver. #PinkFriday.”
Outlet The Jasmine Brand captured an Instagram Story in which Cole seemed to “repost” another fan’s bewilderment as to why the heavily celebrated R&B artist had never been given the due she deserved – specifically calling out the BET Awards this time.
“All these award shows have been a mess from the start. Let’s talk about how Keyshia Cole had a hit show on BET for 3 seasons and 3 platinum selling number 1 albums and probably close to a dozen hit singles and didn’t even get a BET award. Keyshia performed at the BET awards 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010!! and not 1 award!! #keyshiacole”
See Keyshia’s post below.