The 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is underway at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
It is Ghana music's biggest night. The event awards artistes and producers who have excelled during the year under review of the awards - January 1 to December 31, 2017.
The night's topmost award is the Artiste of the Year and it will see Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Joe Mettle and the late Ebony battle it out for that award.
Joe Mettle made history last year by being the first gospel artiste to win the Artiste of the Year award.
The late Ebony has been tipped by many to make history by being the first female and the first artiste to win the Artiste of the Year award posthumously.
Ebony was killed in a gory accident on the Sunyani-Kumasi highway after visiting her mother on February 8. Her childhood friend and assistant, Franky Kuri, and their bodyguard also did not survive the crash.
She was laid to rest on March 24 at the Osu Cemetary.
2018 VGMA underway:
Joe Mettle and his band open the Awards with his song, 'Onwanwani'. He followed that song with his smash hit, 'Bo Noo Ni'.
Statisticians for the awards, KPMG hands over the official voting results to hosts of this year's awards - Berla Mundi and John Dumelo.
The night's first award goes to Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble as 'Traditional Artiste of the Year'.
Dominic Quashie has been adjudged 'Instrumental Artiste of the Year'.
Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei receives the Lifetime Achievement Award. Singer Nana Yaa joins Naa Amanua for a performance of some of her classic tunes including 'Meridian'.
Kelvynboy, Stonebwoy's protégé, who won the 2018 ‘Unsung Artiste of the Year’ storms the stage. He performs some of hi tracts including ‘Afrobeats’.
Stonebwoy takes over. He thrills patrons with back to back hits including, ‘Bawasaaba, ‘Come From Afar’ (Wogb3 J3k3), ‘Dirty Enemies’, ‘Hero’ and ‘My Name’.
Joe Mettle wins the 'Gospel Song of the Year' with 'Bo Noo Ni' by while the 'Hip Pop Song of the Year' goes to 'Grind Day (Remix)' by Kwesi Arthur.
‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’ goes to ‘My Own’ by Samini.
‘Best New Artiste of the Year’ nominees - King Promise, Kidi and Kumai Eugene - take the stage. King Promise performs ‘Oh Yeah’ and ‘Selfish’ to the delight of patrons.
Kidi follows that energetic performance. He dishes out ‘Say You Love Me’, and ‘Odo’. Kuami Eugene completes the list with performances of ‘Confusion’ and ‘Angela’.
‘Hiplife Song of the Year’ goes to ‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie
The late Ebony picks her first award for the night. She won the ‘Afro-Pop Song of the Year’ with her song ‘Sponsor’.
Kidi’s ‘Odo’ adjudged ‘Highlife Song of the Year’.
Praye makes a comeback! When the host of the ‘Overdrive’ and ‘Weekend City Show’ on Joy FM, Sammy Forson introduced the group, many didn’t expect to see the trio.
Praye Tintin, Praye Honeho and Praye Tiatia stormed the stage to the delight of patrons. They took them back into time dishing out their hit songs including ‘Angelina’, ‘Jacket’ and ‘Wodin’. This is their first performance since their break up in 2014 and they were simply a delight to watch!
The group kept shouting and asking, “Are you happy Praye is back?”
Joe Mettle wins his second award of the night. He is the ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’.
‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’ goes to Kuami Eugene while ‘Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year’ is Sarkodie.
South African rapper Nasty C hits the stage. Kicks off his performance with ‘Particular’, ‘Coolest Kid in Africa’ and the smash hit song, ‘Said’.
The pride of the North, Fancy Gadam was next. He thrilled patrons to some of his hit songs including ‘Total Cheat’. Kwasi Arthur was the last act for that batch of performances. His ‘Grind Day’ song was lit!
Late Ebony’s manager, Bullet picks the award for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ for writing ‘Maame Hw3’.
Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year goes to Stonebwoy while ‘Best Collaboration of the Year’ was won by Shatta Wale & SM Militants with the song ‘Taking Over’.
Ebony’s tribute was simply epic! After rapper Sarkodie and Stonebwoy, in a video, had eulogised the late singer, MzVee hit the stage to perform Ebony’s ‘Date Ur Fada’.
Veteran musician Akosua Adjepong was next. Her performance of the late singer’s ‘Hustle’ can best be described as a classic!
Singer Adina took over to perform ‘Sponsor’. Midway through that performance, Akosua Adjepong, MzVee, Efya join Adina to finish the ‘Hustle’ performance.
Efya, with MzVee, Adina and Akosua Adjepong behind her, performed ‘Maame Hw3’. The four artistes, together, beautiful finish the ‘Maame Hw3’ performance.
Sarkodie has been ‘Rapper of the Year’. ‘Best Group of the Year’ goes to Wutah while the ‘Best Music Video of the Year’ went to Captain Planet’s ‘Obi Agyi Obi Girl’ (Gyo of Phamous Philms).
Nigerian musician Tiwa Savage hits the stage. Looking very sexy, she dazzled patrons with songs live ‘All Over’ and ‘Malo’.
Joe Mettle, for the third year, has won the ‘Best Male Vocalist of the Year’. The ‘Best Female Vocalist of the Year' went to Adina.
Davido wins ‘African Artiste of the Year’.
Sarkodie take his turn on the stage. Backed by a choir, his went straight to business electrifying the Accra International Conference Centre.
He was on fire performing songs from his impressive music catalogue. He started with slow songs like ‘Glory’. DJ Black gave him a wakeup call that, ‘Yo Sark this is too slow’. He swiftly switched into full gear.
He dropped throwback songs like, ‘Push’, ‘Original’, ‘Borga’, ‘Give It To Me’, ‘Baby’, ‘You Go Kill Me’ and ‘Gboza’ to the delight to patrons.
After that impressive performance, the awards presentation resumed.
Teephlow’s ‘State of the Art’ won ‘Record of the Year’ while Kuami Eugene won the ‘Best New Artiste of the Year’ award.
Controversially, the ‘Song of the Year’ went to ‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie to the dismay of patrons.