Entertainment of 2014-06-03

High Grade Family pulled out of BASS Awards – Organisers

Nominees for the second edition of the Bass Awards were announced last Friday at the Z-Bar of World Trade Center in Accra. Ras Kuuku of Puom Music topped the list with 7 nominations – Best song of the year, Best performer, Music video of the year – Reggae, Best Collaboration – reggae, Reggae song of the year, Artiste of the year and Reggae Artiste of the year.

After the declaration of this year’s nominees for the awards slated for August 30th, none of High Grade Family’s dancehall artistes got nominated despite Samini’s artiste of the year nomination at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards. Organizers of the show revealed that High Grade Family, which houses dancehall artistes Samini, Kaakie and Jam Master Jay pulled out of the event, hence their exclusion from the nomination list.

The General manager and head of communications at Rackus Production, Gabriel Boateng, in an interview with Brain Stormer on Radio Univers said, “High Grade Family made it clear that they don’t want to be part of BASS awards this year, and we cannot begrudge them, we cannot force them.”

He added that the music group opting out of the awards did not affect the event because “no singular artiste is bigger than the reggae/dancehall genre”

“They just opted out without giving a reason but there are many reasons that go into someone pulling out from an award’

BASS Awards is put together by Rackus Productions, Solid Multimedia and BulHaus Entertainment to reward dancehall/reggae artistes in Ghana.