20 categories. So many good, unbiased, and genuine nominees. 3 Music Awards is doing something good and the VGMAs might take a disdainful look over their shoulder as this award scheme is pandering to the music listeners and what is good instead of what is just hot in the music scene.
The 20 categories include 2 new categories; Artiste of the Year & EP of the Year.
There’s no confusion about the first, as it has eight artists nominated. The issue comes in the latter. Mostly, even Joey B couldn’t put a label on his project dubbed Lava Feels. To why it is nominated in the EP category is far beyond us.
Not that the project itself didn’t show a level of skill enough to get nominated, but if you will not label yourself, you don’t expect someone else to do it for you. It was, however, a joy to see Gyakie’s Seed EP nominated.
For us, 3 categories show just how much progress 3 Music awards have made. Viral song of the year will be a keenly contested category, and it’s awesome to see that. It’s awesome too that you can’t call it just because of the artists you see in the category, but because the records selected all generated massive virality.
Yaw Tog’s Sore entry might prove to be a cut above the rest, as the record proved not to be just a viral record but a cultural revolution. It was also nominated for the Hip Hop song of the year.
The best alternative song category also warms the heart of music listeners as we finally have the fan’s favorites been nominated; Worlasi, Akan, Amaarae, Paapa, FRA, Adomaa are all in the mix.
Super Jazz Club getting a nomination is an amazing thing to see, as their album last year was a stunner. Who would have thought that they would ever consider these names for awards, as their work usually goes ignored by the media houses and award schemes?
What takes the cake for us, however, is seeing the Album of the Year category with Ko-Jo Cue’s For My Brothers first on the list. No one can say that Cue doesn’t deserve it, as his album has cemented its status as potentially one of the greatest albums of our time.
There was never a critical review about it, and the praise it gets online unprovoked just shows how much impact it made.
Finally, an unbiased award scheme we’ve been crying out for