Though gospel artistes have managed to get as many nominations as their secular colleagues over the years, they have still not been able to clinch the topmost award at the Ghana Music Awards since its inception some 17 years ago.
It nearly fell to Kwaku Gyasi in 2007 but he was upstaged by King Ayisoba with his hugely popular ‘I Want To See My Father’ song.
In 2008, Ohemaa Mercy was tipped to walk away with the flagship award but Kwaw Kese denied her the title.
This year, the mantle has fallen on Joe Mettle to break the jinx with two of his colleagues—Nacee and Sonnie Badu calling on members of the gospel fraternity to rally behind him to wrestle the title from the other competitors.
Joe Mettle is contending for the Artist of the Year Award with MzVee, Medikal, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, E. L. But the question is can he win the overall artiste of the year award?
Award winning radio presenter Odehyieba Kwesi of Goodlife 105.5(Koforidua based radio station) has lent his support for Joe Mettle to win the Artiste of the year award.
Odehyieba Kwesi disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Kumikasa.com,he said,“Honestly, I believe Joe Mettle deserves the Artiste of the Year more than the rest of the nominees. That is not to say MzVee, Medikal, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, E. L. are not good but he stands tall among them because he carved a niche for himself in the gospel industry”.
However,he added that,“Joe Mettle is one of the best gospe musicians I have come across. There’s the need to support him to win this award. Besides, no gospel musician has ever won in that category so it would be great for him to win it. Winning it will bring honour to all gospel musicians”, Odehyieba Kwesi told Kumikasa.com.
Odehyieba Kwesi is the host of the finest Mid Morning Show dubbed “Osore3 mmere” on Goodlife 105.5 Fm.