WMA’22: Kweysi Swat missing in Artiste of the Year category despite record nominations

Google search engine

The nomination list for the 2022 edition of the Western Music Awards has been released after an unusually long period following closure of nominations on Saturday, April 2.

At the Choice Mart in Takoradi on Saturday, July 9, Westline Consult, organizers of the annual Western Music Awards, announced nominations for the year while unveiling headline sponsor 610 Music, an affiliate of the renowned US-based Universal Music Group.

Ghanaian musician Kweysi Swat earned the highest number of nominations on the night, 11, being the highest number of nominations for an artiste at the Western Music Awards since inception, and with the highest number of songs for consideration. The only artiste who comes close is Kofi Kinaata, with 7 in 2018.

Kweysi Swat’s nominations for WMA’22 are as follows:

Afropop Song of the Year – ‘3ky3 Freestyle’

Highlife Song of the Year – ‘In your Hands’

Highlife Artiste of the Year

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – ‘Thinking Aloud’

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year

Best Song Writer of the Year (3 Songs) – ‘In Your Hands’, Thinking Aloud’ & ‘One Sin’ (Ayesem ft Kweysi Swat)

Collaboration of the Year – ‘One Sin’ Ayesem ft. Kweysi Swat

Music Video of the Year – One Sin Ayesem ft. Kweysi Swat

Most Popular Song of the Year – ‘One Sin’ Ayesem ft. Kweysi Swat

Interestingly, however, Kweysi Swat, affectionately referred to as ‘Nyansa’ by his fans for sharing sane counsel through his music, missed out from the ultimate ‘Artiste of the Year’ category.

The category features Keche, Aya Ramzy B, Ayesem, Fameye and Dopenation.

Addressing concerns from patrons about the ‘error’, board chairman for the award scheme, Osei Bediako, known in showbiz circles as JM Caesar, said, “When we launched Western Music Awards, we gave the criteria for every single award.

“If you look at the Artiste of the Year criteria, it goes beyond the work the person has done, his numbers, what he did to make a mark for the year concerned, and obviously we look at the concerts the person has been having as well.

“So you might have a favourite, but if you look at the work that the person has done for the year, it might not be as good as you think.”

JM Caesar further explained that the Artiste of the Year category was one that gave the board a headache.

He mentioned that they had to prune a list of 8 to the 5 they believe are the best.

“I think this was the one that we spent most time on. We had to go and do a dossier of every artiste. They were 8 in all, and when we went through, we settled on the best.”

The Western Music Award is slated for August 2022 in Takoradi.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

Google search engine