4 Surprising Nominations In the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2017

The Vodafone Ghana music awards (VGMA) is no doubt the most recognized award scheme in Ghana. The initiative is one of the best things that has happened to Ghana music; and it will continue to be the only award scheme Ghanaians the world will look up to in the future.

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The nominations for this year’s edition is out and as usual, music critics, music bloggers and industry players have taken a deeper look at them. We at Loud Sound Ghana took a look at the nominations and would like to discuss some of the surprising or shocking things we noticed. We usually do predictions but decided to switch to this.

Below are some of the categories that got us wondering…

Best Rapper Category.

This is a category we seem not to understand because of 2 nominations. I believe the VGMA board understands what it means for an artiste to get featured on another artiste’s song. It’s rather shocking to know Sarkodie got nominated for the “Best Rapper” category for a song he featured on upon his request. First of all, he has no right to the song and secondly, we don’t think his rap on the song is the BEST ever during the year of review.

Flowking Stone on the other hand has proved his lyrical dexterity on both the Original and remix versions. The Original actually inspired Sarkodie to jump on the remix; and should tell the VGMA board that, Sarkodie respected Flowking Stone’s lyrical flex and that obviously brought out the lyrics in him. To me, I think this is a total disrespect to both talents or a way of telling the world that, “We at VGMA want to know who the killed who on that song.”Give what is for Ceaser to Ceaser.” The world is watching…

The surprising thing is, the song which is the foundation to judge the best rapper never made it the “Best Hip Hop Song” category… This is really shocking and disappointing!

Overall Artiste Of The Year Category.

According to VGMA, Artist of the Year is the topmost award at the Ghana Music Awards, given to the artist(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artist(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review. (Source: Wikipedia)

If this is the case, where did Kofi Kinaata went wrong? No hit song released? No audience appeal and popularity? The song “Confession” wasn’t released under year of review? (Of course because, it’s been nominated in one of the categories.) Since the song made it to the “Highlife Song Of The Year” category, we don’t see why he couldn’t make it to the “Artiste Of The Year”. This isn’t fair and very surprising!

Best Music Video Category.

All nominations in that category deserves their spot but we’re surprised Criss Waddle’s “Bie Gya” music video which featured Stonebwoy wasn’t nominated. This is a music video Ghana and the world was looking out for. The song itself created enough tension to build anticipation for the music video.

Excellent pictures and well-directed music video which has the potential to win awards in Ghana and outside Ghana. That video is one of the best music videos if not the best under the year of review. But it’s even more surprising the song got nominated in the “Best Hiplife Song” and “Best Collaboration” categories and not in the “Best Music Video” category? Is it because it’s too obvious the video will win? Ah well…

Best Highlife Song Category.

This category almost made me cry when I realized Afriyie is missing once again. Last year (2016) he got nominated in the “Highlife Artiste Of The Year” category and this year he made it into the “Best Male Vocalist” category. Looks like each time, we celebrate his talent but fail to recognize what his talent can do.

The song “Here To Stay” is one of the MOST original Highlife songs I’ve heard last year. And to give him a nod for the “vocals” and not the song itself is quite surprising. I believe most people know this song; and I know this because of the download counts we have here on Loud Sound GH. Even if it wasn’t popular like other songs, I think the VGMA board could have notice the rich production and help promote real Highlife by putting that song in the “Best Highlife Song” category. Just listen to the masterpiece below…

Conclusion:

I do believe we need an independent body to help the VGMA board reach a more trusted decision. Loud Sound GH is independent and we are ready to provide facts, figures and tangible reasons why a song should or not nominated; and we believe the public will agree 90% with our verdict.

We believe in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and we also believe that, involving trusted people on the field to contribute to at least 10% of the decision-making will help a lot. We hope to see that happening in the near future and we say more grease to the organizers’ elbow. It’s a difficult task but must be done accurately. God bless Ghana, Ghana Bless Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Written by Mr. Alfred Aborga (Loud Sound Ghana)

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