The Artiste of the Decade award was created by Charter House, the organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards to reward hard-working artists who have sustained their relevancy within a period of ten years.
The VGMA Board, throwing more light on the category on Facebook said “Over the last decade, they have had the biggest impact, earned multiple nominations across the years in the VGMAs, have been relevant on the Ghanaian music scene and beyond; been very influential in music and showbiz and their craftsmanship in the industry has been phenomenal!”
Sarkodie beat stiff competition from Samini, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Nacee, Efya, Becca, and Okyeame Kwame to grab the award although the majority of people tipped Samini to walk home with the prize.
Speaking for the first time after the awards ceremony, Samini said he was a little disappointed but has moved on because Sarkodie has equally put in lots of work to win the Artiste of the Decade category over the past decade.
He disclosed that he holds nothing against the rapper though people expected him to win.
“I walked off the event after Sarkodie was announced because I was tired and a bit disappointed. And I had done interviews and thought I should win and then again I looked at the shortlist and I had nothing against Sarkodie for winning artists of the decade – looking at how much work he has put in it.”
“Some people tell me I am their artiste of the decade and that means more to me than just coming on stage to collect a plague. We’ve done that so many times,” he said.
According to the HighGrade Family boss, the new crop of musicians are supposed to “fight” for awards since he did similar when we was just an up-and-coming musician.
“I am too experienced with award shows and have psyched myself against winning always. There are times that new acts come to win because it’s their peak season. The awards are important for King Promise, Kwesi Arthur and the rest. Just like how it was important to me in 2010. But after a few years, I am okay.”
“The award shows is not one hundred per cent credible because you don’t know how it’s done. Awards can be given to someone for special reasons,” Samini concluded.
Source : Ghcelebs.com