Sweet and sour grapes after Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2013

In the aftermath of the highly successful 14th edition of theVodafone Ghana Music Awards, as is expected, winning musicians and those who were nominated but failed to pick up any award in various categories have expressed their delight or disappointment on various platforms.

Gospel musician Nicholas Omane Acheampong believes that he deserved more than the lone Gospel Song of the Year award. He toldShowbiz that the most Popular Song Of The Year category which went to R2Bees should have gone to him.

Sounding rather bitter, Nicholas said he suspected he would be left out of the awards because he had earlier criticised the organisers over the way they were going about the awards.

D-Black who lost out on all his six nominations was very cool about it. He said that whether win or lose the most important thing was that his fans enjoyed his music.

Afriyie (of Wutah fame) won the Best Highlife Artiste and in a post-VGMA interview on radio he said “I felt sad that I wasn’t there with my colleague” and expressed regret that they may not come together again any time soon.

On the part of Cwesi Oteng, who picked up the Best Gospel Artiste award, he said he was unperturbed by his loss. “The future is bright for me, I’m working hard and I’m not stopping at these award nominations”.

Cwesi Oteng also urged his colleague gospel artistes to double their efforts and raise the bar to churn out more creativity to advance God’s work.

Female dancehall artiste Kaakie seems to have taken the maternal health conversation to a bigger platform as she dedicated  the Best Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year”  and “Best New Artiste Of The Year” awards she won to the nearly four thousand women that die annually from maternal health related causes.

Earlier this year, Kaakie announced her decision to tackle maternal health issues through an awareness campaign that will run in five cities in the country.

Hiplife duo Keche also think the Most Popular Song Of The Year award should have gone to them because their song Aluguntugui was very popular during the year under review. They however congratulated R2Bees for picking six awards on the night.

With six nominations, Asem who did not win anything on the night said his fans and Ghanaians were expecting that he would grab the  Best Collaboration award with his Bye Bye song but that did not happen. Asem however congratulated musicians who won awards on the night.

Hiplife trio 4X4 who had four nominations said any musician that won an award on the night deserved it. Although the group were in contention with R2Bees for Hip Life Song Of The Year, Hip Life Hip Hop Song Of The Year, Best Group Of The Year,  4X4 said R2Bees deserved it all because they really worked hard last year.

Sound engineer Appietus congratulated Killbeatz for winning Producer Of The Year award. According to Appietus, all songs Killbeatz produced were very nice so there was no better person who deserved the award than him.

By Kofi Duah

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