Entertainment of Saturday, 25 February 2017
Public Relations Officer for the VGMA Board has denied claims the outfit deliberately sidelined Dance Hall artist from its awards scheme.
According to Nii Ayite Hammond, there are two processes involved before an artist is identified for nomination.
Ayitey Hammond explains, the first process is for the VGMA Board to conduct its own market survey and the second process is for the artist to submit entries for the nomination.
The PRO adds, they have always listed Shatta Wale for nomination but the artist has never submitted entries which makes it difficult for his nomination to be fully processed.
He was speaking to host Abusua FM entertainment review program, Austin Wood.
It is recalled speculations have been rife Shatta Wale never won nominations for awards with the VGMA Board because of some frosty relations between him and the event organisers.
Shatta Wale is reported to have recorded a track backlashing the VGMA outfit.
However Nii Ayite Hammond says the VGMA Board does not hold personal grudge with the dance hall artist.
“We are a professional body and don’t dwell on trivial issues with artistes,” he said.
“There are steps before an artist is nominated for awards…We conduct our research and put an artist up on the nomination list,” he explained.
“The other step is for the artist to also submit an entry for consideration and Shatta Wale has always made it into our market research but he never submitted any entry,” Nii Ayite Hammond added.
He had therefore called on Shatta Wale and his management to follow the processes involved in securing nominations promising , “if they follow the process and duly qualify, why not they shall get nomination and an award,” he stated.