The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) is a big deal and means a lot to every relevant artiste in Ghana. Any artiste who gloats that he doesn’t want a VGMA is a damn liar; the award gives them prestige, respect and bragging rights, and yes, it accords them more business opportunities as artistes.
Nominations for 2014 VGMAs were released over the weekend and a number of artistes who were prominent in the year under of contention were not considered. Here, www.afrovibez.com compiles the list of artistes who were shown the red card;
It is unfathomable how the name of the self-acclaimed ‘Best Rapper Alive’ eluded the Board. Kwame released his hit song ‘Woara’ in April-May 2013, which featured the sultry Raquel. The song made such an impact, garnered so much airplay, critical acclaim, was overly popular and had that needed audience appeal. The song was performed on countless events, including the Empire-organized “Ghana vs. Nigeria’ music show, where Okyeame Kwame and TV presenter, Amanda Jissih made headlines for tumbling on stage.
‘Woara’ was highly tipped to notch nominations in the ‘Highlife Song’, ‘Vodafone Song of the Year’ and ‘Collaboration of the Year’. Okyeame Kwame was also expected to grab nominations in the ‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’.
When Cwesi Oteng was called upon to perform at the launch of the Awards, observers were surefooted that the gospel artiste was confident of getting nominated in a couple of categories but the Board thought otherwise. The artiste, who won, ‘Gospel Album’ last year made a good impression with the release of the song ‘I Win’. The song did receive a more than appreciable popularity and the artiste mounted several platforms to perform. Cwesi missed out on‘Gospel Song’ and ‘Gospel Artiste’ categories respectively.
The duo could have made an appearance in the ‘Best Group’ category as they released the hit song ‘Gaaga’ which featured Castro. The song did garner some massive airplay, attained popularity and won some appeal from music listeners. The group was not noticed by the Board and they sit home staring at another disappointing year.
If Akwaboah got nomination, then there’s no reasonable excuse as to why Chase was dropped. Chase, like Akwaboah is a young and vibrant artiste with such an impeccable writing skill. His single ‘Marry Me Tonight’ did everything in the book to attain a nomination. Chase missed out on ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’, and ‘Record of the Year’.
The first artiste to receive the topmost award in the first edition of the Music Awards is not washed up. He is still relevant; he has not lost touch with his singing prowess and still holds on to his songwriting dexterity. In fact, he is one of few artistes to still command a fan base. Lumba released ‘Awoso’ and although it was not as popular as ‘Aben Wo Ha’, it sure did enough to get into the ‘Highlife’ category.
How Kinaata was ignored beats our imagination and comprehension. Arguably, he was the brightest discovery in 2013 and apart from featuring on Castro’s ‘Odo Pa’ which received nominations; Kinaata released some bangers in the year including ‘Triple Vim’ and ‘Al Qaeda’. He surely deserved a place in the ‘New Artiste of the Year’ slot.
Kesse tried; he did everything to get the attention of the Board and especially when the ‘Highlife Song of the Year’ lacked quality songs, Kesse’s ‘Treat Her Royal’ should have been nominated. The Sarkodie-assisted track was one of the best highlife songs released in 2013 and he sure was given a raw deal by not grabbing any nomination in ‘Highlife Song’ and ‘Highlife Artiste’ respectively.