Piesie Esther, a Ghanaian gospel singer, has remarked that VGMA, 3 Music Awards, and other award schemes only recognize artists that make a lot of noise after failing to win an award the previous year.
The famed gospel Diva has had countless nominations for different awards programs throughout the years but has yet to win any.
In an interview on JukeBox, an entertainment show hosted by Nana Adwoa Annan on Accra-based Atinka TV, Piesie Esther, when asked how she felt after failing to win an award, said:
“Of course, I felt so bad for not winning … My family has been advising me not to think about it..they rather encourage me to work harder.”
Many well-known Ghanaian artists, including Shatta Wale, Patapaa, and Ras Kuuku, have publicly criticized award systems, particularly the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, after failing to win or receive a nomination.
Like these artists who took on the schemes and attacked them, Piesie Esther said,” Oh, yes…when I fail to win, I usually sit on the radio and vent my spleen… What I have observed is, artists who usually attack the schemes are awarded…they award the noise makers…those who make unceasing noise are the ones that they award the following year.”
Piesie Esther is currently celebrating 20 years of being in the industry with her new song ‘Way3 Me Yie.’ The song summarises her 20-year story in the industry.