Vodafone Ghana Music Awards which is organized by Charterhouse Ghana is twenty years old and it was celebrated not long ago at the New Dome located at the Accra International Conference Center with great performances from some top artistes in and other countries.
The organizers also awarded hardworking Ghanaian and Africa artistes for their contributions and push for Ghana and the African music industry respectively, but along the line there was fracas between two top dancehall artistes in Ghana , Stonebwoy and Shatta wale when Stonebwoy was announced as winner of the Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the year category .
Shatta Wale and his people went onto stage when Stonebwoy was about to give his speech after receiving the award . This got Stonebwoy and his team annoyed which resulted in Stonebwoy pulling out a gun on stage.
After few days the organizers called for press conference to address the issues and to state out their decision to the general public.
After the press conference, there was a statement out that the organizers have banned both artistes from the award scheme and has also asked them to return the other plaques they won on the night.
As an entertainment personality and having the industry at heart, I felt bad for both artistes and the industry when I heard the decision from the VGMAs board and organizers.
I think banning Stonebwoy and Shatta wale from VGMAs will cause more problems for the scheme than good because imagine VGMAs without these two great artistes performing or partaking in the awards scheme, the organizers will lose huge amount of money because their fans will not attend or promote and even vote since their favorite artistes are no more in the scheme .
I also think banning them will create a big lesson to other artistes to learn from what happened and no artiste will put up such behavior which was displayed by two artistes and therefore it will be for the betterment of the industry .
However, I believe the organizers can go back and rethink about their decision and lessen the punishment.Banning them for one year will not be bad.