GRAMMY WIN OR NOT, GHANA ARTISTES SHOULD BE CELEBRATED – Stoneboy

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    The Grammy undoubtedly is the biggest music awards ceremony in the world, and, understandably, Ghana artists look forward to taking home one or of that ‘golden gramophone'.

    Just like other musicians around the world, Ghanaian artists have equally nursed the ambition of winning a Grammy, and it appeared expectations were high this year when Dancehall artists, Stonebwoy and MOGmusic of the gospel fraternity, both announced they had submitted their albums ‘5th Dimension' and ‘Koinonia Phase II' respectively for consideration last month.

    However, all that hope sunk when they missed out on the nomination list released by the organizers last week. Perhaps, the feeling is similar to when Ghanaian Reggae artiste, Rocky Dawuni, failed to win his first Grammy last year after two failed attempts.

    While these attempts by Ghanaian artists to be recognized on the biggest music stage should be applauded, it has resulted in the efforts of these hardworking artists being belittled.

    Once again, the unnecessary Ghana/Naija comparisons have started considering that several Nigerian artists had Grammy nominations, and no one from Ghana made the list, watering down the efforts of Ghanaian artists in the process.

    Ghanaian musicians are significantly thriving on the international stage and their inability to earn a spot in the Grammy space should not be the sole indicator of their impact.

    Names like Snoop Dogg, Bob Marley, and Tupac are huge on the global music scene but they have no Grammy wins to their list of achievements.

    It would have been great if our artists were nominated and even went ahead to grab a Grammy award but this is not the time to apportion blame just because our artists missed out on a Grammy nomination or win.

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    Ghanaian artists are presently doing well, playing shows around the world, and appealing to larger audiences outside Ghana and Africa. Instead of criticizing our artists for Grammy misses, let's celebrate their achievements on the global stage and encourage them to even do better.

    Of course, a Grammy win for them will be well celebrated but until then let us encourage them to keep up with their good work since their impact goes beyond winning awards.

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