The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards board placed a ban on the two hottest dancehall artistes, Shatta wale and Stonebwoy due to the brouhaha that occurred on stage during the 2019 VGMA awards night.
This misunderstanding was triggered by an award that was fiercely contested which is the dancehall artiste of the year. The award went for stonebwoy that night but Shatta wale had a different opinion which caused chaos and a moment of madness in the auditorium.
This led to the indefinite ban that was placed on the two giants in the Ghanaian music scene by the scheme. But officially according the VGMA board things have been reviewed and they have lifted the ban off and their works will be accepted for this year’s edition and subsequent ones.
The message was contained in a press, this decision was taken at the inaugural meeting of the 22nd VGMA Board on the 28th of January, 2021.
The indefinite ban was imposed in 2019 as a result of a brawl caused by the two artistes during the Awards Ceremony of the 20th Anniversary edition of the VGMA, which disrupted the ceremony and threatened the safety of patrons. The two were thus excluded from participating in the 21st VGMA held in 2020.
The Board agreed to admit them back to the scheme, hoping that such altercations that bring the scheme into disrepute, do not occur in future events. This makes them eligible to participate in this and subsequent editions of the VGMA, if they so desire. By extension, their collaborative works with other artistes are eligible for participation in the VGMA.
The VODAFONE GHANA MUSIC AWARDS is dedicated to celebrating Ghanaian Musicians and projecting the Ghanaian music industry in a positive light and will continue to work with the music industry stakeholders to uphold the image and integrity of the scheme.
The journey to the 22nd edition of the VGMA has started with a call for nominations from artistes of music works (Songs, EPs/Albums) released between 1st January and 31st December 2020. The call for nominations will close on Monday, 15th February, 2021.