Last week, Efya, one of the contenders, came out publicly to justify her inclusion in that category and was audacious enough to claim that she deserves to win.
In all honesty, Efya’s inclusion is highly justified and she has every right to make a claim for the honour – considering the fact that, she is the record holder with the highest number of wins for ‘Female Vocal Performance’ category; 5 times and 4 consecutive runs from 2011 to 2014.
However, I have the strongest conviction, based on the criteria and proceedings in the last decade, that Sarkodie is the VGMA Artiste of the Decade.
Sarkodie is the most decorated Ghanaian artiste of all time; which means, he is the Ghanaian artiste with the most nominations and awards in the history of Ghanaian music. Let me break it down; since the civilization of Ghanaian music, he has thus far, notched over 140 nominations in various award schemes across the world, winning over 80 of them, in a spate of 10 years.
Since his emergence in the industry in 2009, with the release of his debut album, ‘Maky3’ – Sarkodie has hardly experienced any form of dip in his illustrious and exemplary career. His brand has soared and been solidified as the years have rolled by.
That level of relevance has made him one of the go-to artistes in Ghana and one with such critical mention across Africa and the rest of the world – as he has affected the culture, a generation and the craft. That relevance has ensured that he commands one of the largest following in the music industry, a fan base that is overly dedicated and committed to his cause.
In such a higgledy-piggledy music industry like ours, it is quite torrid to remain consistent for 10 years straight, but Sarkodie has been able to achieve that.
No disrespect to his peers in that category, especially the likes of Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini, Efya and R2Bees who come close somehow to making a shout for that prize.
Arguably, his biggest competitor for the honour, Shatta Wale, found his renaissance in the music industry in 2013, by that time; Sarkodie had already garnered 16 nominations in the Ghana Music Awards, winning 8 awards including the record-setting ‘Artiste of the Year’ in 2010 and 2012 respectively. During the period, Shatta Wale was frantically trying to figure out how to get back in the limelight by all means necessary.