It’s another year and very soon Ghana will be celebrating its biggest music night.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) has over the years become the quintessential music awards in the country.
There have been other entertainment and music-specific award shows, however, the VGMA takes the crown as the mother of music award shows in the country.
A VGMA has become Ghana’s official stamp of approval for a musician’s career.
With that being said, it seems year after year female musicians get a raw deal from VGMA.
The most coveted award of the VGMA is the Artiste of the Year and so far female musicians have not received the same level of recognition as their male counterparts have.
This year, for instance, only two women – Adina and Diana Hamilton – were nominated in this category.
This category, has since the inception of the music awards in 1999, been male-dominated which in away sidelines the immense contribution of women in the Ghana music industry as creators rather than mere consumers.
The only woman to have won the award was Ebony, who won the award posthumously in 2018 months after she passed away in a tragic car accident.
A look at the Artiste of the Year category alone, and one would assume that Ghana has not seen talents such as Efya, Ohemaa Mercy, Becca, and a host of other amazing female talents both in the secular and Gospel genres.
This year, Adina and Diana Hamilton will be fighting KiDi, Kuame Eugene, Sarkodie and Medikal for the coveted award once again.
Will we have our first living female Artiste of the Year or it will be the same old song as usual?
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