Popular Ghanaian afro-pop star and Rufftown record signee Wendy Shay has finally opened up loud on the factors that prevented her from showing up at this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Speaking on her complete inactiveness at the 22nd edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards on Zylofon FM, the arguably consistent singer explained the need for her to work extra hard to get the recognition she deserve as a key player in the music industry.
The “uner driver” hitmaker grabbed two nominations at the 2021 VGMA and these were “Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year” and “Afrobeats/Afropop Artiste of the Year” but won nothing.
Upon been asked why she was absent at this year’s ceremony, she made if known saying:
“We have two types of artistes [in Ghana music industry]; artistes in the industry and industry artistes.”
For instance, I’m an artiste in the industry, and we have some people who the industry loves and pampers them. Even sometimes, when we all know that they don’t deserve some awards, they are given all the awards because they are loved by the industry.”
She continued: “I’ll use myself as an example. It has to be very obvious that I’m going to win an award. For instance, when I came to the industry, everybody knew my songs, they were everywhere. It would have been a problem if I didn’t win the ‘New Artiste of the Year.’ For that, as an artiste in the industry, people knew I deserved it.”
“But this time, everybody knew that I’ve worked really hard even though it can’t be compared to my first year due to the pandemic. I was nominated but I knew I was not going to get it because some people are favourites.”
She said she didn’t ask her fans to vote because she had no chance of winning due to favouritism.
“I didn’t ask my fans to vote because I knew I won’t win even if they voted. I didn’t campaign for votes out of fear but I was pushing my album. My mind was elsewhere.”
Wendy concluded that “I think VGMA and 3Music Awards are the same. They are both doing very well. They are like NPP and NDC.”