Organizers of the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards have reportedly introduced a new category that has become a topic of the day.
This year marks the 20th edition of the VGMA, powered by Charterhouse Ghana and sponsored by Vodafone Ghana.
A new category called the "Joking Artistes of the Year" has been introduced with the nominees being "Ghana 2 Pac, Wee Teacher and Akuapem Polo".
Wee Teacher has been professing his undying love for marijuana whereas Akuapem Polo and Ghana 2 Pac are thought of by many Ghanaians as funny characters.
Another category that is also courting controversy is the Highlife Song of the Year.
In this category, Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale has been nominated with his song "My Level" listed among songs like "Thunder" by Kidi, "Killing Me Softly" by Adina, "CCTV" by King Promise, "Wish Me Well" by Kuami Eugene and Kwesi Arthur's song "Woara" among others.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is a serious brand that needs to be taken seriously. It is one of the most respected awards schemes in Ghana and Africa at large.
VGMA is not to reduce its standards, however, could one say by the introduction of the “Joking Artiste of the Year” category, this year's VGMA has defeated its purpose?
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview on Okay FM's Drive time, Head of Communication at Charter House, George Quaye has denied knowledge of the new category, stating emphatically that the Board has not introduced any category called "Joking Artistes of the Year".