It is unfortunate that Camp Mulla will not be able to travel to the U.S. for the BET Awards. But the subject of artistes missing chances to showcase their work at big stages is not new. Bigger artistes have missed bigger shows. Usually timing and logistical issues are to blame in such scenarios.
Lilly Allen had her Visa revoked after getting involved in a fight with British paparazzi just as she was about to appear at the MTV Video Music Awards. A reason was never given but it is believed to be due to her arrest after the incident.
Earlier this year, Spanish star, Pitingo found that his name was on a "no fly" list after going to pick up his Visa for an already planned show in the U.S. The singer unfortunately shared a name with a known terrorist. Even though the Embassy in Madrid knew he wasn't the one, they had to follow rules and freeze the process.
The story closest to Camp Mulla is Amy Winehouse's. She could also not get her Visa processed in time. It finally was but it was too late to travel for the biggest music awards show where she had been nominated for six Grammies. She had to not only receive her awards but perform via satellite. Winehouse's Visa was approved barely 48 hours before the Grammy telecast. It had previously been denied due to a drug violation, which Winehouse had apparently breached.
Thanks to 9/11, Visa regulations have not only become stricter but there are very few special considerations. The U.S. Embassies around the world are more wary and leave no space for slip-ups. In case anything goes wrong, their considerations will be treated as blunders.