Talent manager and pundit, Bullgod, has called upon Ghanaians to express their gratitude to Dentaa Amoateng, the CEO of GUBA Enterprise, for her instrumental role in securing the recognition of Highlife and Ghanaian Drill in the new Grammy categories.
Dentaa’s efforts according to BullGod and Dj Sliming have not gone unnoticed, as she was more than just a facilitator in getting the Recording Academy to incorporate the two genres into the new categories.
Their statements were in reaction to the groundbreaking announcement on Tuesday by the Grammy Awards that unveiled a new addition to their esteemed awards scheme, aiming to ensure that music from Africa receives the recognition it truly deserves.
The dedicated category for Afrobeats and music from the African continent saw a surge of excitement and hope among Ghanaian artists who aspire to make their mark on the global stage.
Among the newly introduced categories is the prestigious Best African Music Performance, which aims to celebrate outstanding recordings that incorporate unique local expressions from across Africa.
Earlier this year, Dentaa had the privilege of attending the Grammys alongside a cohort of A-list Ghanaian acts, including Edem, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, KiDi, and King Promise, who were officially invited to the 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony.
While Edem, Stonebwoy, and KiDi graced the event, Sarkodie and King Promise were notably absent.
According to Dentaa, with the permission of Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy CEO, she managed to secure three invitations for her Ghanaian counterparts, allowing them the opportunity to be part of the prestigious music awards show.
“I was like: ‘Harvey, can I get invites to some of these African artistes because there are not many Ghanaians that get the opportunity to be at the Grammys so if I am able to go, I wanna extend that to my African brothers and sisters?’,” she disclosed.
Dentaa’s journey to bring the Recording Academy CEO to Ghana in 2022 began when she attended the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in 2021.
Although she did not have the chance to meet Harvey Mason Jr. in person, Dentaa said she established contact with his team and continued her efforts.
The GUBA awards, during their nominations for the 2022 ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda, recognized Mason Jr.’s significant contributions, further solidifying Dentaa’s mission to highlight the accomplishments of influential figures in the industry.
Recording Academy CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., also expressed his enthusiasm for these recent changes, in a press statement announcing the categories on Tuesday, “We are excited to honour and celebrate the creators and recordings in these categories while also exposing a wider range of music to fans worldwide.”