The prestigious annual musical fiesta to acknowledge the contributions and achievement of Ghanaian musicians, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, which was originally scheduled for April 13, will now be held on May 18, at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
Nii Aryeetey Hammond of Charterhouse, organizers of the awards told Peace FM that all is set for the 2013 edition to roll.
The availability of the Conference Centre has for some time now become a headache for the organizers, after all the dates they would have preferred to host the event were booked in advance by other organizers and event planners, thus settling for the May 18 date.
Preparations for this year’s event began last year with a series of intensive technical review sessions that seek to overhaul the entire awards scheme as parts of efforts to revamp the scheme.
This year’s event promises to build on the giant strides taken last year to propel the industry to the next level.
This event which is expected to attract Ghana’s top musicians, stakeholders in the music and copyright sectors, a cross-section of music lovers and the general public will witness performances from some of the nominees.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards has, over the years, become the number one barometer with which good musical works are measured in Ghana.
Many industry professionals work with the VGMA in mind because of how important the award is to them.
The scheme seeks to recognize the songs that have kept the country dancing as well as award the artistes, producers, recording labels and other industry professionals whose tireless efforts, in the face of adverse financial and logistical challenges, have kept the entertainment industry vibrant.
This year, the VGMA Planning Committee and the organizers plan to institute measures to continue to uplift the image of the prestigious award scheme.
By George Clifford Owusu