The new category definition now reads, “The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste(s) known in the year with a hitz song, shouldn’t be more than a year, must be an artiste DISCOVERED within the very year. The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a single/album that FIRST shot the artiste (s) into the public limelight in the year under review.
Another major factor that has on review is in the New Artiste of the Year category. This award, which recognizes new and budding talent in the music industry is usually very keenly contested and as a result generates a lot of controversy as to who is actually a new artiste.
One can recall the story of Mzvee who many thought did not deserve to be nominated as a new artiste in the 2014 edition of the VGMA’s. To minimize the usual controversy that surrounds this award the category has been re-defined to capture the very meaning of “new” in relation to the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. in consideration , we may say Artiste like ,Rashid Metal , Wisa , deserve to be nominated as NEW artiste of the year 2015 VGMA’s edition.
By Linda Dwomoh Sarpong