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Let me start by congratulating the man of the moment, Stonebwoy for winning the BET award for the Best International Act (Africa) 2015 and the man who won it in 2012 and has since being a contender for the award.

Whether it’s a backstage, front stage or centre stage award, you guys made Ghana entertainment proud and given the industry a hope for the future. The Black Entertainment award is by far one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the world therefore winning it and even getting a nomination is obviously prestigious.

It’s just quiet unfortunate that instead of people recognizing and appreciating your great works, they rather try to belittle the award because they call it the ”Backstage Award”. Anyway, I am not here for that, I am not here to decide for anyone what award they should take or the one they should boycott.

I am here with a letter of encouragement. We have seen our Nigerian neighbours mostly dominating the nominee list for the award. Sarkodie has been the only Ghanaian representative since 2012 battling for the award before Stonebwoy’s current debut breakthrough.

I am with great delight because of your great works and how fast you guys are beginning to portray Ghanaian entertainment internationally. My slightest worry is that you guys might fall out to your fellow African brothers next year on the award.

I am confident in Sarkodie gaining nomination next year but it’s not just about the appearance,the achievement is most important. Sarkodie has been the only man who stood in there for Ghana since 2012 . We appreciate the awesome works you are doing internationally just to put the nation on the map in terms of entertainment.

It’s Stonebwoy I pray for that he doesn’t let this award get into his head,but rather channel the positive energy from the achievement by thinking he can do ”extra more”. How embarrassing will it be if he doesn’t even get nomination next year to defend his title? We expect more from our BET winner,the bhimnation army leader.

I think it will be unfair on my part if I don’t mention Mzvee who also got a nomination for the viewers choice best international category but lost out to Ugandan Eddy Kenzo. Good work guys. However there’s still more work to be done,if not anything at all we can’t afford to reduce our nominations at the BET awards next year henceforth,will urge you guys to push much harder so as we can maintain the award and even open rooms for new ones.

Don’t be discouraged by all the backstage award nonsense moving around, so far as, we are nominated we must win it and bring it home even if it’s a Calabash award,we must grab it. Finally, I think it’s a wake up call to entertainment in Ghana. We need more international exposure, I hope to see more names next year breaking the international walls. Ghana must win.

Nana Kwame Buabeng - || Editor Xbitgh.Com || - || 2016 Best Blogger Nominee at Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards|| - || A student of life || - || Social Media Enthusiast||

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Who wins Ghana Music Awards ‘Unsung Category’



This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Category promises to be the most exciting edition yet, as Closeup toothpaste, the iconic youth brand, partners Charterhouse to provide a more rewarding and exciting experience for underground acts seeking to break into mainstream music.

This great news was first revealed at the nominees’ announcement party, where the six finalists of the unsung category were unveiled. According to the Unilever Closeup Brand Team, “for years, Closeup has been giving people the confidence to get closer.

This year, the brand is giving young and upcoming artistes the chance to break barriers that hold them back and get closer to their dreams of making it big in showbiz. The Unsung category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a natural platform for us to achieve this. So with this partnership, Closeup is essentially giving young people a chance to break the barrier into main stream music.

According to Charterhouse, this partnership is greatly desired as it will enable a richer experience for participants. The Unsung acts will have the unique opportunity to put up their best acts before a 10,000+ audience at the Nominees Jam, to win public votes. This will show live on TV3, Ghana Music Awards facebook page, and the Closeup facebook page.

The winner will have a performance slot at music’s biggest night, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards night, showing live on TV3 in Ghana, across Africa on DSTV, and across the world on social media live. For the first time ever in the history of the award, the Unsung category will receive a special Awards Plaque sponsored by Closeup, and a performance slot on Closeup music activation platforms.

It is no surprise that the Unsung Category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is catching the eye of corporate Ghana. The success stories of past winners is a testimonial to the program’s relevance, and its ability to help underground acts break the barrier into main stream music.

MzVee won the 1st edition with an exceptional performance; Dark Suburb won the 2nd edition by selling their uniqueness; Adomaa won the 3rd edition fighting equally talented artistes; and Kuami Eugene won the 4th edition with dexterity. Clearly these names have broken the barrier into main stream music, and soon, a new act will join the Unsung hall of fame.

So who amongst the six talented and ambitious nominees will win the number 1 spot? Will it be Kelvin Boy with his dancehall stamp? Dope Nation with their urban rap swag? Dhat Gyal with her Afro Pop appeal? Royal Chris with his anointed gospel tunes? Real MC with his locally blended hip-hop swag? Or O’Bkay with his contemporary rap feel? These nominees are literally one step away from breaking the barrier into main stream, and come Friday the 23rd of March at the Jubliee Park in Cape Coast, each artiste will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate to Ghanaians why he/she deserves a spot on Ghana’s most coveted music platform. Till then, the one question worthy of asking, is who will be number 1?

As always, the public has a say in pushing the right talent through. The public is thus encouraged to have their say by voting for the best Unsung Act by visiting their social media pages, Charterhouse media pages, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages for instructions. The public is also notified about live event shows on Closeup, Charterhouse, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages.

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