Beyoncé’s Dad Responds to Booing at British MOBO Awards

Representatives

for Beyoncé Knowles have responded to the backlash that arose after the

singer was absent at the British MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards on Sept.

20.The

former Destiny’s Child frontwoman nabbed three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards,

but fans reportedly expressed disappointment at the singer’s absence at the show

by booing when presenters announced her final win for Best International Female

artist.The

singer was allegedly in London at the time but did not attend the event. However,

her presence at recent European events has caused fans to believe that she snubbed

the awards. When

Beyoncé’s boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, performed at Wembley Arena Saturday

night (Sept. 23), he brought out former foe Nas and Beyoncé, who performed

"Crazy in Love" and "Déjà vu." The

singer was also seen at the Emporio Armani One Night Only Fashion show at Earls

Court as part of London Fashion Week.Beyoncé’s

father and manager, Mathew Knowles, contends that the MOBO’s itself was booed,

not Beyoncé. "Beyoncé

was never scheduled to be at the MOBO Awards. Never! Her schedule simply would

not allow it," he stated. Fans

that purchased tickets to see American artists at the MOBO’s were reportedly disenchanted

that Beyoncé didn’t even prepare a taped acceptance speech. Knowles

said that the organizers of the MOBO Awards knew Beyoncé would not be able

to make an appearance due to heavy scheduling, and that fans were misled by British

press to believe that Beyoncé would be there."Fans

who paid their money to see Beyoncé and other U.S. artists that won multiple

awards were frustrated with the MOBO’s after Beyoncé was announced three

times in the evening in three categories she had won. That’s just bad TV,"

Knowles said. "The smart thing would have been to combine all three."Beyoncé

won three MOBO Awards for best international female, best song and best video

for "Deja Vu," featuring Jay-Z. The

latter single topped the Billboard Hot R&B Songs and made its peak

at No. 4 on the Hot 100 chart. Beyoncé’s album B’Day is currently

at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts.

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