Regular panellist on UTV’s United Showbiz, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo, has expressed that Ghanaian artistes should not set their sights on winning Grammys unless they follow the correct procedures.
During an appearance on UTV’s United Showbiz on Saturday, November 11, Arnold discussed the various requirements, rules, and regulations that the Grammy organizers use to select nominees. He stressed that Ghanaian musicians must adhere to simple procedures and promote their songs in the US through an established record label if they want to have a chance at winning a Grammy.
This statement was made in response to the criticism faced by Stonebwoy, who did not receive a Grammy nomination despite his efforts to be considered. Arnold further stated that if Stonebwoy had received a Grammy nomination, people would have mocked Shatta Wale instead.
He explained that given the strong fanbases of both artists, the situation would have been reversed, and Shatta Wale would have become the target of ridicule if he had been nominated for this year’s award event. Overall, Arnold’s message is clear: Ghanaian artists need to follow the right path and meet the necessary criteria if they want to have a chance at winning a Grammy.
Relatedly, following the announcement of the full list of nominees for the 2024 Grammy Awards, Stonebwoy and his fans have been targeted by trolls who are eager to see the downfall of their music rivals.
These trolls have taken to social media to mock Stonebwoy for not being included in the list. They have been making derogatory comments about him, claiming that he was too arrogant and had expected to be nominated due to his inflated ego.
Tru News Report initially reported that the recently released full list of nominees for the Grammy Awards’ “Best African Music Performance” category did not include Sarkodie, Black Sherif, Stonebwoy, or Shatta Wale, Ghana’s mainstream artistes who had bangers in the year under review.
The category was established to acknowledge exceptional recordings that showcase distinct local styles from different African regions. However, the majority of the nominees are Nigerian artists, as anticipated.
The nominations featured four Nigerian artists and one South African in this newly established category.
The nominated artistes and songs include Asake & Olamide – “Amapiano” (Nigeria), Burna – “City Boys” (Nigeria), Davido ft. Musa key – “Unavailable” (Nigeria), Ayra Starr – “Rush” (Nigeria) and Tyla – “Water” (South Africa).
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