AS April 14th 2012 draws near, it is interesting to note how the various nominees have shifted their campaign into top gear to ensure they walk away with hounours at the 13th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Festival.
Comethis weekend, all roads lead to the twin city Sekondi- Takoradi where a select string of nominated artistes for the VGMAs will be rocking music lovers and their teeming fans in. The first stop is the Vienna City Nite Club on Friday 16th March in preparation for the outdoor jam the following day, Saturday 17th March 2012 at the Jubilee Park.
To mount the stage on the night will include Kwaw Kesse, Ruff n Smooth, D Cryme, Selina Boateng and Stay Jay. Other artistes to thrill the audience on the night are Gifty Ossei, Trigmatic, Raquel among a host of others exceptional performers.
The Takoradi concert is absolutely free and expected to attract thousands of music lovers. It is the first of a series of Nominees Jam and parties to be held around the country. The Nominees Jam affords organisers to involve a greater part of the country in the VGMA Festival.
However, voting for the Public categories is in progress. The General Public vote at the VGMA goes a long way to decide who wins what in the year as the scheme maintains the 3-tier voting system that involves the General Public, the VGMA Board and the VGMA Academy.
For the Public Awards, the General Public makes 40% of the decision, the VGMA Academy 30% while the VGMA Board 30%. For the Non-Public Awards, the VGMA Academy makes 50% of the decision while the VGMA Board makes the remaining 50% of the decision of who wins what
For the Honorary Awards the VGMA Board decides 100% who wins what while for the Sound Engineer, Music Video, Producer of the Year the decision will be split between the VGMA Board and Peer voting
To vote for Artiste of the year all one has to do is text A to the short code 1767 on Vodafone and all other networks and follow the prompts. For Vodafone Song of the Year one has to text B to the short code 1767 and for all other categories, text C also to 1767 and follow prompts.
The Public Categories consisting of the Artistes Of the Year, Most Popular Song, Best New Artstes, Hiphop Song, Hiplife Song, Hiplife/Hiphop Artistes, Gospel Song, Gospel Artiste, Highlife Song, Highlife Artistes, Afro-Pop Song, Reggae Song, Best Collaboration, Group of the Year and African Artistes of the Year.