Gospel musician, Joe Mettle, one of the artistes tipped to win the Artiste of the Year at this year’s Ghana Music Awards is not campaigning for votes.
Even though that category, apart from the Ghana Music Awards Board and Academy votes, is determined by public votes, the gospel musician is sticking to his religion and won’t campaign for votes.
Joe Mettle is being backed to break the 17-year-old jinx of no gospel musician winning the Artiste of the Year at the music awards.
Speaking in an interview with JoyNew’s Becky, the ‘Turning Around’ hit singer says it is mostly secular artistes who campaign for votes.
“Normally what happens is you would realise that most of the time the secular guys campaign, we don’t. I will tell you for a fact that most of the time, the only thing I have done is just put up a design that I get sent by the organisers of the award that people should vote, that’s it. I won’t do anything extra,” he revealed.
Joe Mettle explained that gospel artistes don’t campaign for people to vote for them because “we are Christians and sometimes it might be interpreted as being materialistic most of the time but I think it all depends on the motive – why you do what you do – if it’s to gain fame or you just want recognition.”
“Maybe everybody else on the academy or the board would say comparing the work you did within that year, you deserve it more than anybody else,” he said.
Joe Mettle, apart from the Artist of the Year, has also been nominated for Gospel Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Male Vocalist of the Year.
According to him, “the nomination alone is big” and he is hopeful of winning big on the night on April 8 at the Accra International Conference Centre.