Entertainment of Thursday, 23 February 2017
Veteran gospel musician and a former President of the Musicians Union of Ghana, Diana Hopeson has shared her opinion on the VGMA bribery allegations and her chances of having nominations in this year’s VGMA’s.
In an interview, she said, when every artiste’s song is making waves, definitely the managers encourage people in the industry who are supporting them in one way or the other.
“Christians are generous too, so if someone wants to encourage people helping to promote the gospel, they go all out to give and that is how I see it. I was surprised when George made that comment because I have never heard of any bribery going on. I don’t think the Christians will do things like this so I felt bad,” she said.
When asked why she is on the Board of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards as a musician who could get nominations in any of the gospel categories, she said it is true she released Aseda last year but her song will not be nominated because she is on the board.
“I don’t want people to think that my presence on the board will influence them to give me an award. Moreover, it’s a single and I am still working on the album,” Diana explained.
She also added that she doesn’t think she qualifies to be nominated in any of the gospel categories because her songs are not that popular to be nominated.
“Apart from collaboration of the year, I don’t think I qualify to be nominated in any other category this year,” she stated.
When asked which gospel songs made waves last year that she will be expecting to be nominated, she said most foreign gospel musicians dominated last year than our own artistes here due to lack of promoters in our industry.
“The foreign gospel musicians were given big platforms and packages. I don’t think same attention was given to our artistes,” Mrs. Hopeson intimated.
Finally she called on event organizers to look into the gospel industry and invest so that careers of some artistes don’t go waste.