Fresh off the heels of 2017 BET Awards nominee Bruno Mars being taken to task on social media over an apparent baseless issue, a Twitter user has followed suit with a questionable inquiry regarding an absent Beyonce from this year’s ceremony.
Viewer A.J. Sparks tuned into the awards show on Sunday night and took to Twitter to ask her followers why the Lemonade star, who was nominated for seven BET Awards this year including Best Female R&B/Pop Artist and Album of The Year along with her sister-in-song and blood, Solange, as Just Jared writes, never once appeared or performed at the music-themed ceremony.
“Why is Beyonce never at the BET Awards,” Sparks posted to Twitter with one of the two official hashtags of the telecast, “#BETAwards,” attached to the message.
Sparks’ question about a “missing” Beyonce at the BET Awards was mirrored by a handful of other Twitter users, as well.
“Again, why is Beyonce never at the BET Awards,” a tweet from user tytankhamun read while another from a Twitter member @DeeperThanCultu alluded to the Destiny’s Child alum only choosing to appear at more mainstream ceremonies, such as the Grammy Awards, where Beyonce often also reigns supreme.
As it just so happens, however, writers at Bustle foresaw the inquiry about Beyonce’s possible backing out of the BET Awards — which she was never scheduled to appear on, for the record — being asked by certain someones on social media and as such, put together an informative package on why everyone except Sparks and her fellow inquirers weren’t actually “expecting” the wife of Jay-Z and mother of daughter Blue Ivy to appear on the show.
“Well, [we] think it can be argued that Beyonce has the best excuse for not attending any event,” Bustle writers say of the singer’s planned BET Awards absence, “[as] only a few days ago on June 12, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z reportedly welcomed their twins into the world.”
Reps for both artists did confirm to People that Beyonce gave birth to a pair of babies that day and not much else, although the confirmation alone would imply that the alleged new mom would be, as the internet says, “completely unbothered” about attending an awards show at this very special time in her life.
As of this posting, Beyonce had not yet picked up any of the seven BET Awards ’17 that she had been nominated for but her sibling Solange, as Us Weekly notes, started the evening off strong by officially banking the Centric Award for “Cranes In the Sky,” a stunning, emotional ballad from A Seat at The Table, the 31-year-old’s 2016 effort and the 2017 Grammy winner for Best R&B Performance.
While Solange made her acceptance speech and the BET Awards rolled on, the official BET Twitter profile caught wind of Sparks’ question about the missing-in-maternity-action Beyonce, and issued a lighthearted response.
Earlier in the evening, fellow BET Awards nominee Bruno Mars was taken to task on the social media site after a music fan hinted at the 24K Magic musician and special guest of Beyonce at the Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show, as an appropriator of African-American culture as the Inquisitr reported.
Also, in an ironic mention to Sparks’ other claim in her tweet by way of the official BET website, Beyonce opened last year’s BET Awards with rapper Kendrick Lamar and a high-spirited rendition of the powerful “Freedom” from Lemonade, Beyonce’s most recent release, in June of 2016 — meaning the singer has, in fact, been on the BET Awards at least once.
And for those who require receipts, check out Beyonce’s 2016 BET Awards performance below.
Check and checkmate, Ms. Sparks.
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