The 18th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is almost here with us and as always, I’ve got something to share exclusively with you loyal readers of Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com.
Over the years, I’ve managed to predict accurately the eventual winners of the African Artist of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music not because I am a soothsayer or KPMG, who holds the results but simply because I have followed the trends.
Yes! If my memory serves me right, the eventual winner of the African Artist of the Year category is often the African artist billed to perform on the event night. (There have however been occasions where two of the nominees in that category have been billed to perform.)
Let’s get back into time and see how the trends work.
In 2012, Ice Prince who was a part of the performers on the night picked the award beating Naeto C, Duncan Mighty, D’banj, Angola’s Cabo Snoop, Wizkid and his then label mate, M.I.
In 2013, Wizkid performed at the event and was crowned the African Artist of the Year.
In 2014, Nigerian artist Davido was the toast of the country. He had released a number of hit singles including Aye and therefore winning the covetous African Artist of the Year was no surprise.
In 2015, Patoranking was among a list of performers including fellow Nigerian Yemi Alade billed to perform at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and oh yes, he won hands down.
Do I need to remind you of last year (2016)? Well, let me refresh your memory. It was all about the man who carries the new sound of Africa, Wizkid.
He undoubtedly was the biggest African artist on the continent and therefore performing on the night meant only one thing, an outright winner of the African Artist of the Year award.
Now, can you predict the winner of the African Artist of the Year at the upcoming 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards?
Runtown with his hit single Mad Over You remains the only international nominee billed to perform at the awards scheme which holds on April 8 2017.
Does this mean he automatically becomes the winner at this year’s VGMAs?
Runtown faces tough competition from Mr. Eazi, Patoranking, Tekno and Nathaniel Bassey.