BET President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill has stepped forward to shed light on female rapper Trina being snubbed from a BET Awards nomination despite putting out an album last year.
According to Hill, Trina’s absence from the female hip-hop category is due to ineligibility.
“Okay, that was because Trina didn’t submit a video that was in during the eligibility period. Let me back up. To be eligible, here’s what you have to have: a video that’s submitted and then first played on BET…between April 1 of one year and March 30 of the next year. So for this eligibility period it would be April 1 of 2010 to March 30 of 2011. She did not release a video to us in that time. “Million Dollar Girl” came in March. I think it was March 12 or so of 2010. And so she was in last year’s nominees for that. While she was featured in Lola Monroe’s video, the rules are you have to release a video of your own. You have to be the primary artist on it. You can’t be just the feature artist and be eligible. So that’s why Lola Monroe was eligible but Trina was not for this year because it came out this year. So I’ve reached out to her camp. I’ve talked to the head of her label. And actually the only reason I might get off this call is because I may be getting a call from Trina while this call is going on.” (BET)
Hill also shared his reaction to artists like Nicki Minaj and fellow Southern emcee Diamond vouching their support to Trina.
“No, no, honestly,” Hill added when asked if her supporters upset him. “Because they were all operating off of false information basically. They all believed that Trina was eligible to be nominated. I love that. They were supporting each other. Far too many times in hip hop people want to tear each other down or not support each other. So even though it was at our expense, you have all these women supporting each other in the hip hop field. So hopefully people will feel better once the truth comes out, once they realize that there was no eligibility there. But absent that, if them not knowing the rules fostered some camaraderie, I’m all in.” (BET)
Earlier this week, Trina displayed her uncensored reaction toward BET following the awards nominations.
“f*ck BET……,” she tweeted Wednesday night (May 18).
“@DiamondAtl muuuuuuuaaahh!!! Thanx doll and congrats!!! I’m really proud of you! xo” (Trina’s Twitter)
This year’s BET Awards is lead by Chris Brown who scored the most nods.
The resurgent R&B star, who scored the first No. 1 album of his career this year with F.A.M.E., leads the field heading into the 2011 BET Awards with six nominations, including nods for Best Male R&B Artist, Video of the Year and, er, Best Actor. Coming in next with five nominations is Lil Wayne, who will square off in the Best Male Hip-Hop category with Kanye West and Drake, both with four apiece, as well as B.o.B. and Rick Ross. Rihanna tops the ladies with four nominations, including Best Female R&B Artist, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice, and twice for Best Collaboration, for “What’s My Name” with Drake and West’s “All of the Lights.” (E! Online)
Check out some recent Trina footage below: