Usually, controversies surrounding the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards erupt after the release of the official nominations list and after the main staging of the awards, but it seems the controversies for this year’s edition will start early.
Investigations by Razz have revealed that the reigning gospel artiste of the year, Herty Borngreat has submitted her works for nominations in the upcoming awards – after the official deadline for submission of songs had closed.
It was uncovered that Herty’s songs were submitted to Charterhouse offices on 5th February 2014 by the Public Relations Officer of the artiste, Mr. Akwasi Sarpong (Sarpee) after an official statement was released by the organizers that; the nominations for the awards were officially closed at midnight of 31st January 2014.
Earlier in an interview on Peace FM’s ‘Entertainment Review’ conducted on 25th January 2014, Herty stated that she would not officially pick up a form for the upcoming award but was opting out for personal reasons. She explained that her education and responsibilities as a mother of six, as a wife and as an ‘Osofo Maame’ would not give her ample time to participate actively in the awards and the publicity that comes with it.
When the paper contacted Mr. Sarpong aka Sarpee, he confirmed that he submitted works of her artiste personally to the offices of Charterhouse. On why the artiste rescinded her decision to vie for an award this year, he retorted, “It’s better too late or never and there’s always a first time for everything.”
He went on to say that the artiste also succumbed to the immense pressure from her teeming fans who wanted her to submit her works and vie for awards in the coming VGMAs, especially when she has ‘hit’ songs and an album that qualifies to be nominated for awards.
When Razz prodded Sarpee on whether they knew that the submission date closed on 31st January 2014, he explained that the Herty and her team received a text message from the organizers that, they can submit their works since the deadline had been extended to 10th February 2014.
Further investigations indicated that, no official statement was released by the organizers on the said extension of submission date and that members of the VGMA Board only called for the re-submission of nomination forms(that were submitted within the deadline) that had anomalies such as; no signatures, no names of artistes or songs and dates of release.