WE are definitely not in normal times, if we were, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) would have been long over and people would have moved on to other events on the entertainment calendar.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed everything leaving events organisers to make changes and the VGMA is one of those that has been affected.
Originally scheduled for May this year, organisers, Charterhouse, had to push the dates back to a time when it would be safe for people to gather.
Unfortunately, things have not gotten back to the normality we know and Charterhouse has adjusted its plans, putting all activities for the awards event into what it has dubbed: “VGMA Music Weekend” which will start from Friday, August 28 and end on Sunday, August 30.
In a press release, Charterhouse indicated that the VGMA Music Weekend will celebrate our culture, vivacious music, and iconic artistes.
On Friday, August 28, there will be the Industry Awards, Saturday will be for the main awards night during which 30 trophies will be presented and on Sunday, there will be a concert for frontline workers called VGMA Covid-19 Heroes Concert. All the events will start at 8 p.m.
Artistes billed to perform throughout the three-day event include EL, KiDi, Adina, Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata, Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Akwaboah, King Promise, Eno Barony, Strongman, Celestine Donkor, Ras Kuuku, Efya, Kofi Mole, Epixode and many more.
Unlike previous years, there shall be no ticket sales and attendance shall be strictly by invitation.
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However, music lovers can enjoy the VGMA Music Weekend experience from the comfort of their homes by watching the live broadcast on TV3 in Ghana, Soundcity TV, The Base TV, Rok Ghana on DSTV & GOtv in Africa, and worldwide via the internet on MTVbase and on the Ghana Music Awards social media pages.
Some categories that will be awarded are Artiste of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, New Artiste of the Year, Best Rapper of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards produced by Charterhouse with support from TV3, DSTV, KPMG, Soundcity and media partners.