The nominations for the 3rd edition of the 3Music Awards were announced on January 30, 2020.
Leading the nomination for this year’s edition is rapper Sarkodie.
The 2019 Artiste of the Decade swept 13 awards with his works including ones from his just-released album ‘Black Love’.
Sarkodie was nominated under the award scheme’s biggest category ‘Song of the Year’ with ‘Saara’ which features songstress Efya.
He was also nominated for the Male Act of The Year, Hiplife/Hip-hop Act of The Year, Video of The Year, Hiplife Song of the Year, Hip-hop Song of the Year, Best Collaboration of the Year, Afrobeat/Afropop Song of the Year, Fan Army of the Year, Digital Act of the Year, Best Rap Performance, Best Performer of the Year.
Sarkodie was nominated twice in the Hip-hop Song of the Year with Bleeding and Biibi Ba.
‘Saara’ featuring Efya alone earned him three nominations while ‘Biibi Ba’ gathered two.
Dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy followed closely with 10 nominations each.
The two were nominated side-by-side in about five categories including Reggae/Dancehall Act of the Year, Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, Best Performer of the Year, Male Act of the Year and the biggest award on the night Song of the Year.
Ololo, Shuga, Kpo Keke are some of Stonebwoy’s songs that were nominated.
Some of Shatta Wale’s work which earned him nominations are Melissa, Cultural Anthem, Wonder Boy album, Island.
Medikal was nominated under eight categories. His song ‘Ayekoo’ in which he professes his love for his girlfriend, Fella Makafui, is up for the Song of the Year category.
Kwesi Arthur came in with seven nominations. His song ‘Noboby’ featuring Mr Eazi off his LFNKII album earned him three nominations. The song enjoyed massive airplay and drew attention to the rapper’s album especially after it’s video featured TV personality Efia Odo, with whom the Kwesi Arthur was rumoured to be dating at the time.
He was also nominated twice for the Afrobeat/Afropop Song of the Year award with Nobody and African Girl featuring Shatta Wale.
Wendy Shay followed with six nominations including Female Act of the Year, Digital Act of the Year, Album of the Year and the Song of the Year award.
Her song Stevie Wonder which stayed on many chart shows for weeks earned her the most nominations. She is also the only female with that high number of nominations.
Singer Cina Soul has for the first time been nominated in some of the award scheme’s big categories including Highlife Song of the Year and Video of the Year with ‘Ojorley’.
She was also nominated for the Highlife Act of the Year and the Best Female Vocal Performance award.
One song who’s nomination many Ghanaians anticipated was Kofi Kinaata’s Things Fall Apart.
It was nominated for both Song of the Year and the Highlife Song of the Year.
Other acts nominated include Lynx Entertainment signees KiDi and Kuami Eugene who are going head to head for the Highlife Song of the Year and the Highlife Act of the Year award.
KiDi’s debut album ‘Sugar’ is also in the running for the Album of the Year award.
King Promise, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, Fameye, DopeNation are some of the artistes nominated.