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.
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.
- Artist of the year – Diana Hamilton
- Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
- Gospel Artist of the Year – Diana Hamilton
- Vodafone most popular song of the year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
- Highlife song of the year – KiDi (Enjoyment)
- Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year – KiDi (Say Cheese)
- Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year – KiDi
- Ep of the year – KiDi (Blue)
- 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)