- Shatta Wale has been disqualified ahead of the 2016 Ghana Music Awards for condemning the awards in a video that went viral.
- The awards will also see the cancellation of several major categories such as Gospel Album of the year award this year.
Dancehall musician, Shatta Wale has been dropped from nominations for the 2016 Ghana Music Awards ahead of the announcement of nominees on Friday, February 27. According to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Board, the decision was made following public comments that maligned the board and its members as well unduly questioning the credibility of the Ghana Music Awards.
Addressing a cross section of the press in Accra, the VGMA Board highlighted the rules and regulations on the awards and the expected conduct of nominees. According to the board although Shatta Wale submitted his works for consideration this year, he was expected to complete the process by officially apologising for maligning the VGMA Board in order for the board to consider his works for the awards.
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Earlier this year, ‘Kakai’ hit singer who said he did not not want to be nominated for the awards this year revealed that he had to submit his songs because of his fans. He said:
“Well you know I’ve gotten calls everywhere and it’s mostly from my fans, telling me to forget certain things and move with the system. I feel they are my god and they really pushed my music and get it to where it has to be and I believe they made me who I am so I told my team since the fans are asking then let’s submit it. I’m a type that doesn’t fancy awards but since the fans want it, we will submit it whether we win or not.”
“I just want to let them feel relaxed and feel we are all one people, so nobody will have that [bad] mentality about Shatta Wale with the awards organisers.”
Meanwhile the Ghana Music Awards, which is slated for May 7th is also expected to see major reforms. The Board also disclosed that the Gospel Album of the Year category has been scrapped for this year because not enough gospel albums were submitted and those that were submitted did not meet the minimum requirements of having at least three hit songs.
Also,the Lifetime Achievement Awards will be merged with MUSIGA Merit Award this year, and there won’t be an award for the Music for Development Award.
The main Awards Night is scheduled for May 7 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Unlike previous years, there won’t be the Industry Awards Night which usually precedes the Awards Night.