Charles Nii Armah Mensah, self-proclaimed Dancehall King “inna the whole Ghana” and leader of the Shatta Movement (SM) Empire is a happy man after last weekend’s announcement by Charterhouse of the nominees of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. After getting himself blacklisted for four years after winning Artiste Of The Year In 2014, the “Freedom” hitmaker has made an impressive return to the awards scheme.
Even though he got so upset with Charterhouse, organizers of the VGMAs and released the popular diss track “Me No Need Your Awards” a few years ago, it is obvious Shatta Wale now needs the awards as he has expressed his happiness and excitement to be back on board the VGMAs. He even intends to record a song celebrating his return to the awards scheme.
Even though Charterhouse filed a suit suing Shatta for GHS10,000,000 in 2014 for his distasteful attacks on the company and its CEO and banning him for a period of four years for “maligning the VGMA Board”, their spokesperson noted that they decided to reconsider him for the awards scheme because he had fulfilled certain requirements. Speaking to myjoyonline.com, Nii Ayitey Hammond, spokesperson for Charterhouse explained that Shatta Wale has apologized on several occasions and platforms for his denigrating comments about the awards scheme and they were satisfied with the apologies, thus their decision to bring him back on board.
The “Dancehall King” has been nominated in multiple categories including Hiplife Song of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Best Collaboration of the Year, two nominations for Song of the Year and the king of all the categories, Artiste of the Year alongside the late dancehall songstress Ebony, his label mate Stone Buoy, Sarkodie and reigning artiste of the year, gospel musician Joe Mettle.
The 2018 VGMAs to be held on 14th April at the Accra International Conference Centre is set to be an exciting one, especially with the controversial Shatta back in the mix and we are looking forward to all the drama it comes with.