Ghanaian Gospel singer, Joe Mettle, has responded to Ras Kuuku, who criticized that Joe Mettle doesn’t deserve to be nominated in the ‘Artiste of the Year’ category for this year’s VGMA’s.
Addressing the issue, Joe Mettle expressed his surprise about comments targeted at him because he is not part of the Award Academy Board, to manipulate anyone in order to get his name on the list. He also welcomed all critics, including Ras Kukuu, whom he reminded would have been equally criticized if he was nominated in that particular category. According to Joe Mettle, this “undeserving talk” happens every year in the industry.
“I have been seeing some of the things. I’m like, oh, I see. And the comments and stuff. But I’m not the one that makes the selection or picks the names. Sometimes I don’t know why the people come after me… It was Ras Kuuku’s comment that I saw. Oh, I laughed. Because he shouldn’t worry if he was also nominated, they would do the same to him. So, it’s a normal thing and I wouldn’t expect less”.Joe Mettle
Reggae dancehall artist, Ras Kuuku, in an interview lashed out at the VGMA Board for repeatedly nominating Joe Mettle for the ‘Artist of the Year’ category. According to Ras Kuuku, Joe Mettle had not worked hard enough to merit that recognition. Ras Kuuku suggested that Fameye would have been a more worthy nominee for the ‘Artist of the Year’ category than gospel singer, Joe Mettle.
Well, Joe Mettle’s nomination in the VGMA 22 ‘Artiste of the Year’ category appears contentious, but he seems unfazed by critics, especially Ras Kuuku, who proposed that Fameye deserved Joe Mettle’s position on the list.
Joe Mettle Didn’t File for his Nominations
As a one-time winner of the category, Joe Mettle is taking it all in his stride as he revealed that he had no hand in his nomination because he didn’t even file for the award scheme. According to him, his manager went behind him and submitted his works for nomination.
“Actually, I didn’t even file, but my manager ended up filing behind my back. So, that’s why it came to me as a surprise. As I said, I think because I didn’t officially file myself. I didn’t know that my name had been filed for nominations.”Joe Mettle
Joe Mettle, speaking further on how he landed his nominations said: “There’s a criterion that they use in the decision making. And so, if the organizers think that per the criteria, you fit the category, that’s what makes them nominate you. There are a lot of things that, the fact that it’s not out there, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. I think for myself for a while now, I haven’t been posting a lot of things because sometimes I feel there are too many. So, I hide it. But they exist. Those who know, know”.
Accordingly, he acknowledged his competitors on the list and wished them well.
“I have always said this thing that anyone that is in the category can win. Don’t underestimate anybody. I can win, and anybody else can win”, Joe Mettle said.