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NEWS: The VGMAs have withdrawn Jay Bahd's candidature for new artist.

Following a petition challenging his eligibility, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) board has revoked rapper Jay Bahd's candidature for the New Artist of the Year Award.

The nominees for this year's Ghana Music Awards, the country's biggest celebration of musical achievements by Ghanaian and African acts, were announced in March, ahead of the awards ceremony on May 6 in Accra.

Jay Bahd, who rose to national prominence as a member of the Kumasi-based drill collective Asakaa Boys roughly three years ago, was nominated for the prize with Ewura Abena, Lasmid, Chief One, DJ Azonto, Malcolm Nuna, and DJay.

Austine Woode, a VGMAs academy member who filed the petition around a fortnight ago, contended that Jay Bahd's nomination was incorrect because he had already been nominated for Best Collaboration of the Year in 2021 for his work on 'Sore' by fellow rapper Yaw Tog.

Following a study of the petition, the VGMA board said last week that it had chosen to withdraw Jay Bahd's nomination, despite the fact that he was not a new artist and had previously been nominated at a VGMAs ceremony.

“After deliberations, the board agrees that Jay Bahd is not new to the scheme because of his shared nomination on Yaw Tog’s ‘Sore’ for Collaboration of the Year in 2021. This means he’s not eligible as a nominee for the Best New Artiste category of the 24th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards,” it said.

The board also stated that Jay Bahd and his staff had been informed of the new development, and that comparable issues had been evaluated after a one-week provisional window was implemented this year to remedy errors and nomination omissions.

Meanwhile, Black Sherif, King Promise, and Sarkodie lead this year's candidates with 15, 14, and 10 nominations, respectively. 

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