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Actor Doyle criticizes BET for awarding TEMS award for best gospel artist

Actor Doyle criticizes BET for awarding TEMS award for best gospel artist

Nollywood veteran Patrick Doyle has criticized the organizers of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards for giving Nigerian Afropop singer Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, the Best Gospel/Inspirational Award at the 2024 BET Awards.

Founded in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, the BET Awards celebrate Black and minority entertainers in music, film, sports and philanthropy. They air live annually on BET.

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The Nigerian music star beat out gospel greats Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans and Maverick City to win the Dr. Bobby Jones “Best Gospel/Inspirational Award” at the 2024 BET Awards, held Sunday at the Peacock Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

Traditionally dominated by gospel singers, this year’s category saw a shift with Tems’ win. While the lyrics of her winning song, “Me & U,” don’t quite fit the conventional gospel mold, Tems explained that the music reflects her relationship with God and the transformation she’s experienced throughout her journey.

The president of the St Finbarr’s College Old Students Association responded by expressing his condolences to mainstream gospel artists who feel left out by Tems, an ostensibly secular musician, taking home the BET award for best gospel song.

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“That said, I believe it is high time that committed Christians stop looking for validation from fickle institutions like the entertainment industry mafia, which is in the grip of Satan,” he said.