Objective outlook of 2015/2016 VGMA's & matters arising
Charterhouse through the Board of the Ghana Music Awards, recently released the official nominees list for the 2015/2016 VGMA's scheduled for May 7 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The event organisers, having organised the annual music festival spanning nearly 17 years, received strong backlash from Ghanaian music lovers. This is not an unusual phenomenon, for the general public have always assumed the professional role of certified music experts to dissect VGMA's nominations every year.
"But the fact that they [Charterhouse] have refused to utilize their many years' experience to correct the same old errors and turned deaf ears to facts by Ghanaians, is daunting and contentious," David Mawuli once wrote. In fact, Charterhouse's organisation of the VGMA's may have recurrent and silly shortcomings, but most of the criticisms from Ghanaian music enthusiasts are intellectually untenable and lacking in logic.
However, we all have the right to challenge nominations which are deemed undeserving. Again, one of the leading contentions surrounding the 2015/2016 VGMA's nominations is all about Shatta Wale's deliberate ban by the board. The board banned Shatta Wale from this year's awards ceremony for tarnishing the reputable image of the awards scheme.
Come on, let's face facts and be blunt! Shatta Wale deserved to be excluded from the forthcoming awards ceremony since his fearless reactions to previous awards organisations were utterly disparaging. I am therefore glad that for once, the rules and regulations have worked without fear or favour.
But Shatta Wale performed incredibly well in the year under review though - kudos to the Shatta Movement boss. Besides, we all expect see a near successful awards ceremony this year where fairness will ultimately prevail.
The following are Sir Article's own awardees or winners in notable categories based on my logical analysis. You are free to dispute any, some or even all of them.
***Artiste of the Year - Bisa Kdei.
***Most Popular Song of the Year - Mansa by Bisa Kdei.
***Album of the Year - ELOM by EL.
***Highlife Song of the Year - Mansa by Bisa Kdei.
***Hiphop Song of the Year - Nineteen Ninety by Omar Sterling.
***Hiplife Song of the Year - Skolom by VVIP feat. Sena Dagadu.
***Best Male Vocalist - Pat Thomas; Bra.
***Producer of the Year - Bisa Kdei and Kaywa; Mansa.
***Record of the Year - Bra by Sarkodie feat. Pat Thomas.
***Songwriter of the Year - Kofi Kinaata; Susuka.
***Best Group of the Year - VVIP.
***Best Rapper of the Year - Flowking Stone; Fire Bon Dem.
***Best Collaboration of the Year - Pimpinaa by Obrafour feat. Bisa Kdei.
***Best Music Video of the Year - Shelele by EL.
***New Artiste of the Year - Kofi Kinaata.
***Highlife Artiste of the Year - Bisa Kdei.
***African Artiste of the Year - Korede Bello.