Why Were #AMAsSoWhite?
The 2017 American Music Awards were missing something this year…oh yea, black people.
Even though the annual awards show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross it was awfully light on POC.
The fact that hip hop had such a big year in music made it even more puzzling that the entire genre seemed to be MIA.
Diana Ross received the Lifetime Achievement Award and hit the stage, but aside from her, there was only one other black performer during the 3-hour event (Khalid) and he was featured alongside Imagine Dragons.
Drake wasn’t there. Cardi B wasn’t there. Nicki Minaj? Nope. What about RiRi? Ghost.
Was Breezy busy?
Where were all the black folks?
Twitter was wondering the same thing.
— Smokestack Lightning (@O_lando57) November 20, 2017
— Tamika Morrison (@1stLadyofPR) November 20, 2017
Do we have an #AMAsSoWhite this year or nah? This has been a very Caucasian awards show.
— Jadakiss' Sobriety Coach…#Mamba(Cita)4Evr (@NEHeartbreakKid) November 20, 2017
— 🖤 BLACK LIVES MATTER 🖤 (@missmichellemai) November 20, 2017
where the fuck is Diana Ross…so i can stop watching this mess
— 🌈Anne Marie LaTranssi⚧ (@DiamondStylz) November 20, 2017
— Empress Mocha Carter (@mocha_carter) November 20, 2017
— ¡Azúcar MO Negra! (@AZUCAR_Mo_Negra) November 20, 2017
— Mo'Prah Beenfree ✊🏾(C. Macon) (@shonufftite) November 20, 2017
A rep for the American Music Awards said, “We reached out to many artists in the hip-hop community but for different reasons they were unable to attend. We of course look forward to them joining us in the future!”
Are we buying that explanation or nah?