The third edition of the prestigious Rigworld Training Centre (RTC) Western Music Awards was on 1st February, 2019 at the plush Raybow International Hotel in Takoradi.

The 2 hour launch and presser gave opportunity to the media persons, the Artistes and stakeholders present to make suggestions and also critique the awards which has been in existence since 2017.

Three new categories have been added to the already existing 23 categories making the total 26 categories this year.

“After every year’s edition, we get feedback from stakeholders and general public. One thing that makes us happy as a team is that this awards scheme is seen more of a Western Region endeavour than Westline Entertainment’s. In view of this, our solid feedback bank and wide consultations have influenced us to add three new categories to this year’s edition. This year’s edition will focus on 26 categories which are grouped into two. The general and industry categories” Nana Kwesi Coomson, the Public and Media Relations Officer of the awards said at the launch.

The three categories are Urban Gospel Song of the Year, Afropop song of the year and Brassband of the year. According to Westline Entertainment the organizers of the awards, these new categories will help other genres in the industry to be recognized as well.

The organizers also opened nominations for the awards today, 1st February, 2019. The nominations are opened till March 1, 2019,

“We are excited to announce to you that we have opened nominations for this year’s awards. We opened the nominations today. The year under review is 2018. Our 2018 calendar year starts from 2nd March 2018 to 31st January, 2019” Mr. Coomson added.