One of the activities that characterize Award schemes is the scrutiny that industry and the general public make of nominations and winners with the latter gaining more prominence. Did he/she deserve that nomination? To who is missing in a particular list, are some of the biggest questions the research teams have to answer year in and year out. This year, the 3musicAwards did a great job with research and although some nominations were questioned. Answers were given accordingly.
The 22nd Edition of the Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards kick started this year’s campaign with the outdooring of Nominations and that has come with its own queries.
The Best Gospel Song of the year saw Akesse Brempong ft. Joe Mettle with Blessed, Favour Everywhere by Celestine Donkor ft. Evelyn Wanjiru, Adom by Diana Hamilton, Jesus Overdo by Empress Gifty Adorye, Joe Mettle’s Yesu Mo, Jesus by MOG Music, JEJELI by Kobby Salm ft. Okey Sokay and Who Say God No Dey by Kofi Karkari getting the Nod.
Dan Lartey, CEO of Remedi Entertainment has however questioned the selection of songs in that category stating emphatically clear without mincing words that Kobby Salm’s Jejeli and Kofi Karikari’s Who say God No Dey is not worthy of the nomination. Well, the Category definition as amended reads:
“The Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Gospel Song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.”
He hoped that Patience Nyarko’s Meye Nyame Dea, the year under review did better than Kobby and Kofi’s Songs.Basing his argument on Popularity and dominance of these songs in the 16 regions of Ghana, He advised that Award schemes should not base their metrics on happenings only in Greater Accra. He also stated that Kobby Salm and Kofi Karikari are Awesome Musicians who did well as musicians but not their songs.