Over the years, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards has limited Gospel music when it comes to nominations to mainly two categories; Gospel Song and Gospel Artiste most often, then the overall Artiste of the Year.
It’s quite surprising that for the first time in the history of VGMA the Gospel industry has been recognized after recording its first highest nominations/categories.
Representing traditional and contemporary genres on the Gospel spectrum with key categories of Female Vocalist of the Year, Best Group, Gospel Song of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Artiste of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song Writer the Year, Most Popular Song of the Year, African Artiste of the Year, Best Video of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Gospel Artiste of the Year.
Surprisingly emerging gospel singer Efe Grace whose fanbase has grown from social media and YouTube also earned her first nomination ‘Best Female Vocalist’.
Perez Musik a talented contemporary gospel artist also for the first time nominated in the Record of the year category.
Unfortunately, it’s as if the VGMA board is yet to recognize Christian Hip Hop or Urban artists because they don’t receive much love “Nominations” in the major categories.
To think that Lil Zig, KingzKid, Kobby Salm, Neqta, Edem Evangelist, Bra Kobby and other dope faith-based Rap artists were all snubbed in the nominations, Faith vs. secular aside, the talents of this artist couldn’t be more different.
One may say the genre remains far behind its secular counterpart in overall popularity, I don’t see a distinction in terms of what these guys are doing artistically.
They are as many Rappers and Afrobeats artiste just as Sarkodie and others but their faith in Christ are stronger and evident in their music. Rap has always been a freedom of speech.
I can only hope for a day when a Christian rap artist will also be nominated for Rapper of the Year category.
I also think the selection of the songs and categories should be more open because a Gospel song can fit into any category.
Unfortunately, no Gospel artist was nominated for Best Collaboration even though Celestine Donkor and Nhyiraba Gideon deserved a nomination for their hit song Agbebolo.
SUMMARY OF 2020 VODAFONE GHANA MUSIC AWARDS GOSPEL NOMINEES
•Celestine Donkor – 5 Nominations
•Diana Hamilton – 5 Nominations
•MOG Music – 4 Nominations
•Joe Mettle – 4 Nominations
•Nacee – 2 Nominations
•Joyce Blessing – 1 Nomination
•Efe Grace – 1 Nomination
•Perez Music –1 Nomination
•Bethel Revival Choir – 1 Nomination
•Akesse Brempong – 1 Nomination
These categories cut across so anyone can win.
If Joe Mettle was able to win Artiste of the Year, any other Gospel artiste can also win with hard work.
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