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Mixed Reactions to Performances at the 24th VGMA: Gyakie, Lasmid, and James Gardiner under scrutiny

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Mixed reactions have trailed the 24th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) which held on Friday, May 6, 2022. The event, which is one of the biggest music awards ceremonies in Ghana, featured performances from some of the country’s top musicians, as well as award presentations to deserving artists and industry players. However, some performances and hosts have been criticized on social media for failing to impress fans.

Gyakie, who has been making waves with her hit songs, took to the stage to perform but received mixed reactions from fans on social media. Some fans criticized her stagecraft, poor command of her vocals, inability to work with the band, and lack of breath control. Feeling frustrated about the energy in the auditorium, she stopped mid-performance and declared “I am not feeling the energy” before walking off stage, leaving fans visibly disappointed.

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Similarly, Lasmid, who won the Best Hip Life Song Of The Year for Friday Night also received mixed reactions for his performance, with some fans questioning his vocal ability and others laying the blame on the production team.

Actor and TV personality James Gardiner, who co-hosted the event with Berla Mundi and Naa Ashorkor, was also criticized for his cringeworthy performance. Fans took to social media to express their disappointment, pointing out his overuse of the word “amazing” and lack of depth and ignorance as an event host.

Despite these criticisms, for the most part, the 24th VGMA had some incredible performances from many talented artists, and some fans defended the artists, arguing that live performances are often not perfect and that artists should be commended for taking the stage. However, some fans felt that the performances fell short of expectations and needed to be scripted with hosts also aided by teleprompters.

It is clear that Ghana’s music industry continues to thrive, with talented musicians making waves both locally and internationally. Nevertheless, Charterhouse, the organizers of the show, need to put in more effort to offer Ghanaians a better production every year. Fans are eagerly anticipating what the future holds for the country’s music industry, and it’s up to industry players to deliver world-class performances and events that will take the industry to greater heights.

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