64th Ghanaian Grammy Award nominee Rocky Dawuni has clarified comments following assertions that Ghanaian dancehall artiste Stonebwoy has also gained a Grammy nomination because he featured on albums that have been nominated.
Speaking in an interview on Citi TV, the Ghanaian-US based musician explained that getting featured on an album nominated in the Grammy’s does not make him a nominee.
He further explained that there are rules and criteria in selecting a nominee in the Recording Academy. Rocky indicated that a nomination adds immense value to one’s craft; however, it should not be taken likely.
“There is a lot of confusion, as you would understand, Grammy nomination is for a body of work, so there is a difference between a nominee for a Grammy and also featuring to be part of a song of a Grammy-nominated album.
“You have contributed to the song, but you are not a nominee. The thing is, I am not the one saying it. You should go to the Academy website and see who the nominees are,” he added.
Rocky Dawuni went on to add that “I think that sometimes…been featured on a record is a great achievement. It’s really great, but we have to also recognize what is… we can’t create our own rules here and be using those rules.”
The celebrated Afro-roots musician further stated that nominations and awards from the Recording Academy are valuable. And its value must be maintained to encourage musicians to strive for it.
By Benedicta Naa Lamiorkor Lawson|3news.com|Ghana