Many across the country will be holding their breath during the BET awards on Sunday evening, hoping that local soca songstress, Nailah Blackman wins the Best New International Performer for which she has been nominated.
But on the fringes of the awards, two other Trinidad and Tobago soca artistes are in the limelight as Bunji Garlin and Fayann Alvarez performed at the BET Experience (BETX) concert in Los Angeles around 4.30 pm LA time (7.30 pm TT time) today.
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The BET Experience, launched six years ago, is a multi-day event that offers packaged arena shows, late-night performances, seminars, celebrity panels and more around BET’s annual awards show telecast.
The festival, which drew 165,000 last year, started Thursday and goes through Sunday.
The BET Experience — now known as the more millennial-friendly sounding BETX — arrived with high hopes.
The network wanted to expand its popular BET Awards and brand a music experience that could give the Essence Music Festival a run for its money — a tall order, considering that festival draws 500,000 music fans to New Orleans each year.
BETX also provided an opportunity to tap into the Southern California market that lacked festivals catering to hip-hop and R&B fans after the shuttering of Rock the Bells and Paid Dues.
The following video clip was from today's performance carried live on BET.