Ghanaian dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr, professionally known as Shatta Wale, has dispassionately claimed that IRAWMA laurels are more relevant to the reggae music genre compared to BET Awards.
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The ‘realest’ dancehall star revealed that he had clinched the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) three times but his accomplishment was not highlighted by the media.
According to him, IRAWMA is more relevant to the reggae/dancehall music genre compared to BET Awards which was claimed by Stonebwoy in 2015.
He advised that the genre of music should be considered in relation to nominations or awards.
Speaking on United Showbiz with Nana Ama McBrown on UTV, Shatta Wale posited that as a dancehall artiste, BET awards or nominations should not be Stonebwoy's focus.
Stonebwoy, however, beat Shatta Wale to win the 2020 Best African Dancehall entertainer at the 38th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
Shatta Wale emaphasised that the BET Awards is for musicians who have mastered the R&B, rap and hip-hop music genres.
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The Taking Over and Mellissa hit maker was of the view that while both awards schemes are relevant to the music industry, each scheme is critical to a genre.
He reiterated that the Ghana music industry is overly focusing on BET and blamed the lack of education on why people do not promote other awards such as IRAWMA.
''I’m going to say this and I know may be Stonebwoy is not going to like this. Stonebwoy should be awarded at IRAWMA and not BET. Because BET is for R&B, hip-hop and rappers. So if Sarkodie goes to BET, it's perfect for me,''Wale emphasised.
He stressed that his awards are ‘cherished’ in Jamaica where IRAWMA is also acknowledged compared to BET.
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In a related story, YEN.com.gh had earlier reported that Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson, better known as Bulldog, the manager of Shatta Wale, reacted to the trending saga about the now-defunct SM militant group.
This comes amid news about the dissolution of the once vibrant group that became famous for bangers such as Taking Over, Thunder and others.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh highlighted that Ghanaian dancehall king Shatta Wale affirmed that he decided to sack the three SM militants Natty Lee, Captan, Addi Self, and Joint 77 from his camp.
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