Ruff N Smooth “dropped” GMA nominations – Juno


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    Organisers of the Ghana Music Awards have said Ruff N Smooth’s song Azingele was among nominations for the Afro-Pop song of the Year category but fell out at the final selection process for that category.

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    Speaking to Hitz Entertainment News, Juno Abena Turkson, Media/Public Relations Manager, Charter House, the awards organizers, said they don’t have any reason to reject a song from the awards if that song truly deserves a nomination and an award.

    The music duo, Ruff N Smooth, expressed their displeasure with organizers for not nominating any of their songs in this year’s awards.

    The group felt that they have released good enough materials that should be in the nominations and possibly win awards, but Juno said their song Azingele was considered during the nominations stage.

    “…what I can confirm is that during the nominations stages their song Azingele was nominated, it was categorized with Afro-Pop…however when it came to the short-listing process when we cut down to the first six, that we published, that song was unfortunately dropped out so Ruff N Smooth was considered,” she said.

    “Although we couldn’t take that album because the album had singles released that were taken in last year’s awards we considered that single released in the year under review and considered it for Afro-Pop song of the Year.”

    Re-definition of the Producer of the Year category

    In another development, organisers have re-defined the Producer of the year category.

    The category previously defined as: the Producer of the Year awards goes to the producer(s) directly responsible (creatively) for the production of the highest number of commercially released award-winning songs/winners during the year under review.

    It was often calculated based on the number of award-winning songs a particular producer has in the year and was presented on the night by Event Statisticians (KPMG). The Planning Committee however at their last meeting held on March 2, 2011, confirmed the decision that a more creative method should be employed to determine the best producer of the year.

    The category has now been re-defined to read: the Producer of the Year award is adjudged by the Planning Committee to be the producer(s) directly responsible (creatively) for the production of a commercially released and nominated song during the year under review.

    Each producer of a song that has been nominated for an award at the 2011 MTN Ghana Music Awards, by this definition, stands an equal chance of being a winner of the award.

    The Planning Committee in consultation with Technical Producers in the industry will deliberate on the technical quality of each song presented and the eventual winner will be determined after the exercise and announced at the awards night.

    Voting starts

    Juno disclosed to Hitz Entertainment News that voting for this year’s awards has started in earnest.

    The Selection Committee made up of industry professionals in the Central and Western regions will meet on March 12 in Tarkoradi to vote on the nominations. There will be a nominee’s party the same day after the voting process which will feature some of the nominees.

    On March 19, there will be the second Selection Committee voting in Kumasi for industry professionals in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana.

    That voting will be climaxed with a Gospel Rock Show which will feature some of the gospel nominees.

    The final Selection Committee voting will come off in Accra on March 26 and it will be for professionals in the Greater Accra, Volta and Eastern regions. There will be a nominee’s party on a later date in Accra and it will also feature some of the nominees.

    The Selection Committee votes will sum up to 35% of the total votes for the awards.

    Story by Ernest Dela Aglanu/

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