Some people choose to call it the controversial Awards and some call it the biggest event on GH’s entertainment calendar, no matter the adjective you prefer to use to describe the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, one thing that has been established over the past sixteen years is the fact that the VGMA is the most anticipated event in Ghana.
In its sixteen year history there has not been any year in which the release of the nominees list was not met with controversy. In fact the controversy starts even before the nominees list is made public and it reaches its peak immediately after the launch of the Awards.
This year was no different, even though the controversy is relatively on the low this year issues arising of the release of the list cannot be shelved. Opinions vary on which artiste deserved to win what or even those who did not deserve any nomination at all. Take gospel musician Anita Afriyie for instance, she has virtually taken event organizers to the cleaners for what she thinks are not enough nominations. She and her management are of the view that they deserved more nominations than they got. They did not end there, they went further to cast doubts on the pedigree of other gospel artistes who received more nominations than she did.
Artistes who were not nominated in any category are also fuming; Akoo Nana and Chase Forever have expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that they did not receive any nomination even though in their view they deserved to be nominated. The reactions are many, but having been in existence for 16 years the robust nature of the measures but in place and the diligence of the VGMA Board answers all questions that seek to call the integrity of the Awards into question.
Away from the reactions and controversies, the ride to music biggest night has two more stops to make before the 11th of April. The ride is fuelling up to go to Cape Coast on the 21st of March. It promises to be an electrifying experience as it is seen as a sort of campaign platform for nominees. It’s a chance for nominees to prove their nominations, justify their inclusion and send a word to all those who may have doubted their nomination. Cape Coasters will have a feel of what the final event would be like. The Victoria Park will be ignited by passion and the heavy weights in GH Music will descend on the coastal city.
The ride is fuelled up with all the passion of 25 million people and its making its way to the coastal city, Accra do not get jealous since the main event is in your back yard. So on the 21st of March, 2015 all roads lead to the Victoria Park, for an unforgettable night of electrifying performances by nominees of the 2015 VGMA.
In the meantime, remember you have a 40% power to decide who wins what. Exercising that power is very simple, just text A to vote for Artiste of the Year, Text B to vote for Vodafone Song of the Year and Text C to vote for other categories to 1767.