Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow was part of a lineup of musicians, who graced the stage at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles for the B.E.T. Awards. Not only did Shyne take folks down memory lane with his international smash hit, but he also took Belize with him. Dale McDougall explains why last night’s moment is so important.
This is the moment the Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow took the stage at the 2022 BET Awards on Sunday. According to Deadline, some 4.6 million people tuned in to watch what was dubbed “Culture’s Biggest Night” and Barrow was one of the shining stars that illuminated in his tribute to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. With his classic baritone, hitting bar after bar, he adjusted the lyrics of his signature track “Bad Boys”, to underscore his political ambitions but also sharing his homeland with some of the world’s biggest stars. Barrow, who is still in the U.S., told us via WhatsApp “the highlight of the night and my life so far is to have the biggest Belizean flag ever on the stage in front of tens of millions of people everywhere.” We asked UDP Chairman, Senator Michael Peyrefitte for reaction.
Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “It was just good to see a Belizean stage at that level not afraid to embrace and showcase Belize.”
And to boast of his homeland so proudly came from an opportunity, which hadn’t seen Shyne on a North American stage in more than two decades.
Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, UDP: “When the flag draped over the Bad Boys logo that was I mean talk about a drop the mic moment right and if you know Mr.Combs you will know that he doesn’t like much to overshadow Bad Boys so I was glad to see that Shyne insisted that Belize be displayed prominently during his performance.”
Shyne was accompanied by Stig the Artist, who said that he’ll walk in Shyne’s footsteps to put Belize on the map. Love him or loathe him, Sunday’s performance by the Leader of the Opposition was welcomed by many people, who hadn’t often seen their country receive such accolades on such a large stage. The sub umbra floreo draped across that large screen to thunderous applause is certainly a patriotic moment for Belizeans far and wide – and one that will always be remembered. Dale McDougall, Love News.