Akwaboah, the highlife sensation, has expressed astonishment at being left out of this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Artist of the Year category. Akwaboah was nominated in six categories, but lost out on the Artist of the Year category, according to the nominations just revealed.
The lack of presence of Highlife Artists in the Artist of the Year category, according to Akwaboah, undercuts the hard effort that the genre’s artists put in to showcase truly Ghanaian music.
He noted, however, that he is unfazed by the rejection and will continue to release excellent and timeless music that his fans have come to expect from him.
He inquired, expressing his dissatisfaction. “What are the requirements for being nominated for artist of the year?” In my case, I was nominated for Album of the Year, and two songs from that album were nominated for Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Best Highlife Artist, Best Highlife Song, and Record of the Year, but these works were somehow not good enough to be nominated for Artist of the Year.”
“It’s just not making sense to me.”
Akwaboah is currently enjoying massive airplay of his Lighthouse EP with ‘Ensesa’, ‘Obiaa’ and more recently ‘Wo PɛW’adiɛ’ fast becoming fan favorites across the country and beyond.
Last month while picking up the Entertainment Achievement award for Album of the year, Akwaboah reminded his fans to eagerly anticipate the release of the Lighthouse album which according to him is ready.