Kofi Kinaata Wins Songwriter Award For The Fourth Time – VGMA 2021

Congratulations are in order! Ghanaian Highlife /Hiplife artiste Martin King Arthur, known professionally as Kofi Kinaata bags home ‘Songwriter of The Year’ award for the just ended VGMA, held in Accra on Friday and Saturday.

He succeeded over tight competitors including Diana Hamilton, Joe Mettle, Adina, Abiana and Epixode with his song, “Behind the Scenes” released in April, 2020.

Kinaata first won the songwriter award at the 2016 VGMA with his hit single titled, “Susuka” which was released in the previous year, beating top-notch contestants like, Stonebwoy, Mzvee, Obrafour, Knii Lante and Rex Omar.

The following year in that same award category, he won for the second time with his song “Confession”. The 2017 VGMA night saw the “Susuka” hitmaker successfully winning three awards.

Again, he won in 2020 with his well-received, “Things Fall Apart” released in December 2019. Then the latest reign in the songwriter of the year award category for the 22nd edition of VGMA, 2021.

Celebrating the ground-breaking feat for the fourth time in the category and awards history, the Fante rap god took to his social media pages announcing to the world his success and breaking his own record from last year’s VGMA.

He wrote;

“Another One! I set a record last year.. and I’ve broken my own record this year! The only Ghanaian 🇬🇭 artiste to win the VGMA SongWriter Award for the FOURTH time! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 #VGMA22”

Kinaata is always hailed by the people of Takoradi in the Western region of Ghana. He has won the heart of Ghanaians especially residence of Takoradi with his brilliant Fante rap lyrics.

The young and old jam to his music as it’s deemed insightful and good to dance along. He’s the brain behind the famous musical and decorative concert, “Made In Tadi” which is usually organised in December.

Loved ones of the rap icon celebrated him for the massive achievement on various social media platforms. he was showered with respect and love form his families and friends as well.

Congratulations to Kofi Kinaata for such an incredible milestone!

Photo Credit: Kofi Kinaata

It’s been an exhilarating and entertaining weekend in Ghana and the African continent on the account of Ghana’s biggest music festival, under the auspices of Vodafone telecommunications network and charterhouse.

This year’s celebration unlike last year was celebrated with live audience and performances from the incredible talents emerging from Ghana and making waves across the globe.

Held at the Accra international conference Centre and the new Dome, the 22nd edition of the annual music festival ended successfully with the major prize presented to Ghanaian gospel singer, Diana Hamilton who was nominated along with well celebrated artist like Sarkodie, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, Adina and Medikal. She also won three awards making a total of four.

This year’s VGMA saw a lot of entertainers and influencers excitingly flaunting their fashionable outfits on the red-carpet session. Others advertised their designers and expressed their expectations and those they were rooting for on the awards night.

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The first night was hosted by TV3’s Giovanni Caleb and AJ Sarpong who were looking exquisite in their outfit. With electrifying live band performances from legendary rapper Okyeame Kwame and singer, Bob Pinodo who was also honoured the lifetime achievement award.

The stage was also shaken with fantastic performances from artistes like Kofi Kinaata, Kidi, Strongman, Cina Soul, Sista Afia, Fameye, Eno Barony among several others.

Performances continued as  Kuami Eugene, Diana Hamilton, joe mettle, Kwesi Arthur, Mr. Drew, MOG music among several artistes gingered the stage with their unique and excellent stage techniques.

Castro was honoured with his music performed on stage as well as paying tribute to Ghana’s well celebrated icons including  actor Bernard Nyarko and celebrity photographer Bob Pixel who passed on last year.

It was indeed a night of honouring the creative industry and the remarkable skills exhibited by musicians in the country. Nonetheless some artistes were captured in most of the award categories as they obtained more than five nominations each.

They include Adina who was nominated 11 times but won 3, Kidi 8 times and bagged home 4, Diana Hamilton, 6 times but won 4 and Kuami Eugene 9 times and won 1.


Below is the list of the winners of the various awards categories.

  1. Artist of the year – Diana Hamilton
  2. Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  3. Gospel Artist of the Year – Diana Hamilton
  4. Vodafone most popular song of the year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  5. Highlife song of the year – KiDi (Enjoyment)
  6. Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year – KiDi (Say Cheese)
  7. Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year – KiDi
  8. Ep of the year – KiDi (Blue)
  9. Record of the Year – Adina (Daddy’s Little Girl)
  • Album of the Year – Adina (Araba)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Adina (Why)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Epixode
  • Male Vocalist of the Year – MOG (Oguamma)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year – Abiana (Adun Lei)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Pinodo
  • Traditional Artiste of the Year – Manhyia Tete Nwomkro
  • Music for Good – Yaayaa
  • Sound Engineer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Producer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Songwriter of the Year – Kofi Kinaata
  • Vodafone Green Award – Kofi Kinaata
  • Best Rap Performance – Eno Barony
  • Best Video of the Year – MzVee (Baddest Boss)
  • International Collaboration of the Year – Kwesi Arthur FT. Joe Boy (Baajo)
  • Instrumentalist of the Year – Nana Yaw Sarfo
  • Unsung Act of the Year – Nanky
  • Best New Artist of the Year – Mr. Drew
  • Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene
  • Hip Hop Song of the Year – Yaw Tog (Sore)
  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Medikal
  • Hiplife Song of the Year Keche (No Dulling)
  • Keche – Best group of the year
  • Best African Artist – Master KG
  • Best Collaboration of the Year – Sarkodie FT. Kuami Eugene (Happy Day)