Grenade Official Accuses Local Award Organizers of Sidelining Real Talent
26 January 2022
[Image Source: Grenade Official Instagram]
Ugandan artist Grenade Official has trashed local musical awards, accusing them of rewarding 'big artists' and not recognizing real talent that deserves to win.
Grenade has been in the music business since he was 7 years. Since his breakthrough, he has released a number of songs that have done well and dominated charts. However, he has never won any award and he links this to alleged bias in the awards system.
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"I don't know why I don't win despite my songs being number one on charts. I have been nominated but these awards are weird. I've had music but we lack something in these awards. They reward people who don't deserve them,” he opined.
Grenade rose to fame in 2019 with his hit song 'Nkuloga' but didn't win any accolades. He isn't the first artist to complain about the local awards.
He wants the industry to be more fair to artists with real talent.
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"I want the industry to be like it's supposed to be. If the song in all fairness deserves the award, give it to that artist. I see people getting awards that they haven't won but just because they have attended the ceremony,” Grenade told Galaxy FM.
"They should do the right thing because if they don't, we can't progress. To work hard, get a hit song and be rewarded is a big thing," Grenade said, giving an example of Quex's ‘Kachumbali’ that was never rewarded despite being a hit song in 2020.