By Shawna Collier
Presenters Bedingfield and Kingston had no idea what Turner had planned
(LOS ANGELES) A shocked hush came over the audience Sunday at the American Music Awards when rapper Charles “C-Dogg” Turner didn’t thank God after winning Second Favorite Rap Artist.
After beating out rappers T.I. and Little Wayne, Turner, whose sophomore album My Niggaz F**k Bitches was recently renamed My African-American Brothers Have Sexual Intercourse With Women We Don’t Respect, stormed up to the stage and hugged presenters Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston. He then held up his award–and thanked Barack Obama.
A palpable sense of disbelief washed through the NOKIA Theater, but Turner rambled on, never once invoking the Lord, Jesus, or anything that even rhymed with ‘Saint.’ After a moment, security moved in and ushered him off the stage.
“Fight the real enemy,” Turner yelled, echoing Sinead O’Connor’s words when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live.
Everyone was pretty shaken up, and the show’s mood never recovered.
“One thing you can count on is blacks thanking God,” said Bedingfield, who was in tears after the show. “No one else ever does, not even the winners at the Christian Music Association Awards, so it’s a really singular moment. I felt sort of robbed.”
© 2008 The Peoples News