2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards: Artists Reactions
Just a few hours after Charter House released the nominations list for the fourteenth edition of the annual Ghana Music Awards, hell broke loose within the music fraternity, with musicians expressing their disappointments.
Interestingly, even some musicians who got several nominations still raised issues with the nomination list, questioning the criteria and challenging their fairness.
It was however good news for some, especially gospel rocker Cwesi Oteng, after bagging six nominations, including Artiste of the Year.
Reacting to the nominations, he told NEWS-ONE, “I feel wonderful.
Last year was back-to-back hard work but we thank God for His grace and favour that has been with us.
I hope to pick some notable ones. Being one of the highest nominees at least, I should pick three of them but let’s see what happens.
I believe I deserve every category but what comes to me is not up to me.”
The feelings were not the same for artiste Asem (real name Nana Wiafe Asante-Mensah) who although had seven nominations with his ‘Bye Bye’ track, featuring Kwabena Kwabena, openly expressed his disappointment that he was not nominated for Artiste of the Year.
“Ok so the nomination list is out and I would like to commend the VGMA board but I have serious questions that need answers….all I have is a curious mind that needs answer.
Let’s go straight to the point and ask VGMA why I wasn’t nominated for Artiste of the Year and hip-life Artiste of the Year?
“Yes I got 7 nominations, am [I] excited about it? Not really because when you deserve diamonds and they give you gold, you ask why the diamond did not come.
Let’s not digress, now let’s go into the technicalities and what factors contribute to making an act Artiste of the Year.
Factors for Artiste of the Year: Release a good Album, Massive airplay on radio, clubs etc etc, performed on major shows, visibility etc etc.
‘I’m not trying to spark any controversy or accuse the VGMA board of foul play.
I’m just a curious mind with questions that need answers. Let’s not focus on who shouldn’t be there.
The question is why I was not there for Artiste of the Year and from where I stand, I meet the criteria,” an obviously disappointed Asem took to his twitter page to complain.
When NEWS-ONE called rapper and music producer E.L. on phone Sunday morning to congratulate him for also bagging five nominations, he did not seem excited and complained about similar things Asem had raised on his twitter page.
“I am shocked but well they are the organizers and can do what they want to do but I am very disappointed I am not in the nomination for Artiste of the Year. It is strange when you go by the criteria.
They should look at the requirements, the numbers and the evidence on the ground and use that as the basis for selection rather than bring together people who may have their preferences and favorites or interests. That is just not fair.
“Numbers do not lie and if they had followed the numbers they would have a different list for Artiste of the Year.
They should look at the evidence and stop the favoritism.
They should look at all the several shows I played in all over the country and in other countries, Australia, London, the States.
They should look at all the international recognition and nomination , they should look at visibility and hard work.
How can you say ‘Kaalu’ for instance is not popular enough to be nominated for Song of the Year? Funny.
“Well fine, Album of the Year and the rest was just to compensate me and I don’t know why they nominated me for Producer of the Year.
That award should go to Nshorna Musik because he best deserves it this year and not me.
I don’t need it. I’ve been producing songs from whenever; why nominate me now?” E.L. noted.
Rapper Guru has also registered his disappointment for not receiving any nomination for his hit song, ‘Lapaz Toyota’.
He took to twitter to write: “I am very disappointed, it’s amazing how my hit song “#LapazToyota” was not nominated in this year’s @GHMusicAwards @vodafoneGhana”.
Tema-based R2Bees bagged seven nominations; D-Black bagged six, Rap Doctor Okyeame Kwame and VIP bagged five.
By News One