Rapper Trina made headlines this week, following an angry tirade against BET – who omitted her from the Best Female Hip-Hop category at the BET Awards 2011.
With many, including nominees Nicki Minaj and Diamond, actually vouching for the Miami native,the network’s senior VP, Stephen Hill, has spoken up and out – explaining why the ‘Diamond Princess’ was excluded.
Find out what he had to say after the jump…
Why wasn’t Trina nominated in the Female Hip Hop category?
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.
If she calls you just go ahead and jump off.
And I want to be clear: We love Trina, we work with Trina. She performed “Million Dollar Girl” on Rip the Runway in February of 2010. So we love Trina. We definitely understand that it’s a misunderstanding. And I’ll tell you now, if I were Trina and I’d released something during the eligibility period and it had not been nominated, I probably would’ve had a little bit of side-eye too. But the truth is she just wasn’t in the eligibility period.
But what of Beyonce‘s nomination in Best R&B Female category? Because, as much as we vouch for she, her ‘eligibility’ is suspect.com.