May 20, 2024

The current Vodafone Ghana Music Best Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Livingston Etse Setekla, popularly known as Stonebwoy, has pleaded with Ghanaians to stop rallying their support for only two nominees in an award while there are other nominees involved.

The Bhimnation frontliner received two awards at the 24th VGMA’s: Best Afropop Song of the Year and Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the Year.

Stonebwoy was also nominated for the Artiste of the Year award alongside Black Sherif, Piesie Esther, Camidoh, King Promise, Kidi, Sarkodie, and Joe Mettle.

Black Sherif dominated the night, winning four awards, including the Artiste of the Year Award.

Before the VGMA event, many considered Black Sherif and Piesie Esther as the favorites to win the award. Consequently, conversations on social media mainly revolved around these two artists, leaving the other six nominees in the Artiste of the Year category overlooked.

Responding to this, Stonebwoy stated that every artist nominated in the Artiste of the Year category deserves the award.

“The only surprise would be if someone outside the category won the award, which is impossible. Everyone, including myself, deserved the Artiste of the Year award once they were nominated,” he added.

He further expressed that the attention should not solely be centered on two artists in the category, as Black Sherif and Piesie Esther received extensive media hype, while neglecting the other nominees.

“I always say the media is powerful, so I believe the hype for any artist should be left for the fans, while the media ensures that every nominee in any category receives equal attention since everyone is a potential award winner,” he emphasized.

Stonebwoy also disclosed that winning the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year award is not something he would take for granted, despite having won it seven times before.

Currently, Stonebwoy is promoting his new album titled “5th Dimension.”