The Five Talking Points You Didn’t Know At The 2016 Ghana Music Awards

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Ghana’s biggest flagship awards scheme took place over the weekend at the Accra International Conference Centre and we bring you five key talking points which saw Ewe rapper, EL walking away with five awards including the prestigious artiste of the year award.

1.    Gbaa Alert

Naa Ashorkor is a very confident young woman with a good command over the Queen’s language but on the night she looked like a chicken whose feathers had been plucked. She looked timid and was breathing uncontrollably. She caused raptures in the auditorium when she made a mistake in her speech. Well it did entertain the audience though. Chris Attoh, her co-MC, however managed to help integrate into the occasion.

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Everyone predicted Bisa K. Dei will manoeuvre his way in the highlife domain and he did live up to expectation. What we didn’t expect was for him to come and elevate his status in his acceptance speech and claim he’s a highlife pioneer. Apparently he gbaa or he didn’t understand the meaning of pioneer and just threw it into the mixture of his excitement. Someone perhaps drew his attention and he came to apologise profusely.

Another funny goof; Bisa K. Dei said his late mother was watching the show so he’s dedicating the award to her. Like seriously? Was he speaking literally or metaphorically?

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There was this awardee too who goofed when he came up to present the award to the best hiplife/hiphop artiste of the year. Instead to just go ahead and request for the nominees, he wanted to impress with his swag and he ended up being the subject of wild laughter, when his tongue slipped and was unable to mention hiplife/hiphop properly.

2.    Less Controversies

The GMA over the years has been chastised for some controversial decisions, from the list of nominees they bring out to the recipients of awards. However, there wasn’t any ‘clamour for justice’ this year. Many still believe EL deserves most of the awards he took, but not the ultimate artiste of the year award. There was shock written all over Bisa’s face when EL’s name was mentioned. There wasn’t any protest from the audience; they clapped and acknowledged and sang his song with ecstasy.  

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Mzvee was also very much surprised when she won the best female vocalist of the year. That category has very strong contenders and over the years it has been Efya who has deservedly scooped the award anytime she came up for nomination. Does Mzvee deserve it? It’s difficult to pass a judgement because in truism, theAbofra hit maker has a very sweet vocal ability.

Guru and Irene Logan arguably will be the most disappointed acts so far for their consistent failures to grab any plaque home after several annual appearances. Irene tweeted few minutes thus, “it’s a kind of waste of time to be nominated over and over for a category that has so little respect.” Guru will soon grant interviews and lambast the GMA board, we can bet our ass on that.

Mr. Kofi’s Sarpong award is a bit controversial and we don’t really know his influence under the year in review. 

3.    Much Improvement

This year, fans didn’t besiege the stage to carry their favourite artistes shoulder high after winning. The artistes themselves didn’t bore us with lengthy speech. Everything was well-coordinated. The lighting system was normal, stage performances were very good especially that of Efya and Stonebwoy. The number of performers has been drastically reduced and it reflected in the quality of the output.

4.    Side Attraction

Nadia Buari decided to show us her post-delivery boobs. Gifty Osie wore something like a mosquito net. Yvonne was at her usual best with her tight outfit. Reggie Rockstone decided to rock the so called fake Adidas (it isn’t fake after all) to make a statement.

5.    Timing 

Unbelievably, the show run for approximately 4 hours, a stark reduction from the uninspiring and boring 6-7 hours we have been dealt with over the previous edition – very impressive indeed. However patrons took a long time to fill the auditorium, some celebrities failed to appear on time according to online reports which made some of them to miss the red carpet formalities.

We just hope the VGMA will get better. This year’s event signifies the turning point.


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