Highlights of 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

The annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards culminated on Saturday in honour of various entertainers in the music industry.

The country’s most anticipated entertainment event was held virtually in respect of protocols to guard against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prior to the main event, Ghanaian actor James Gardiner and TV presenter Regina Van-Helvert hosted the red carpet interactions.

This session saw renowned personalities like the former deputy minister for tourism, culture and creative arts, Dzifa Gomashie, Kidi, Adina, Kalybos, Lexis Bill, Rex Omar, Sammy Forson, Cina Soul and others grace audiences with dazzling outfits and interesting predictions.

The 21st edition of the VGMA had various talents like Medikal, Efya, best new artiste of the year nominee Kofi Mole, Akwoaboah and Darkovibes take turns performing live on stage.

However, trending on social media is singer King Promise for a pre-eminent performance.  Fans on Twitter took to their timelines to shower praises on the ‘Commando’ hitmaker.

Eugene Kwame Marfo, known in showbiz as Kuami Eugene, was honoured with the most prominent award of the night.

The 2018 ‘Best New Artiste of the Year’ winner beat industry colleagues Sarkodie, Medikal, Diana Hamilton and Kofi Kinaata to bag the biggest award of the ceremony, after winning the ‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’ earlier last night.

In the last three years, the Lynx Entertainment signee has remained the custodian of the award for this category.

He took to social media to express his gratitude.

Collecting a number awards at the event, Kofi Kinaata walked away with three awards for ‘Songwriter of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song’ and ‘Hiplife Song of the Year’ at the August 29, ceremony.

In a tweet to his fans, he said “Team Move is proud and grateful for all the support regardless. Goodnight!”

After several years of reigning in the Reggae/Dancehall category of the Awards, the Stonebwoy-Shatta Wale ban birthed a new set of winners for the genre.

The 2020 edition of the award ceremony have for the past couple of years seen the same persons pick up honours for the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the year and the Dancehall song of the year categories.

Following last year’s altercations between industry gurus Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale nevertheless, the award has been passed on to different hands.

Mr Eazi’s Empawa discovery artiste, J.Derobie took home the Dancehall song of the Year with his breakthrough song ‘Poverty’.

The video was the first on the Empawa platform to hit a million views.

Ras Kuuku was awarded Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the year.

Meanwhile, organizers of the program, Charterhouse are yet to announce the lift of the ban on Bhim President Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, Leader of the Shatta Movement.

Below is the full last of Saturday’s award winners:

Hip-life song of the Year – Medikal (Omo Ada)

Highlife Song of the Year – Kofi Kinaata (Things Fall Apart)

Gospel Song of the Year – Celestine Donkor ft Nhyiraba Gideon (Agbebolo)

Afrobeat Song of the Year – Dopenation (Zanku)

Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year – J. Derobie (Poverty)

Hip-Pop Song of the Year – Kofi Mole (Don’t be late)

Best Video of the Year – Cina Soul -Killi Mi (Directed by Gene Adu)

Gospel Artiste of the Year – Diana Hamilton

Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Ras Kuuku

Instrumentalist of the Year – Emmanuel Bludo

Songwriter of the Year – Kofi Kinaata (Things Fall Apart)

Record of the Year – Bolgatanga by Okyeame Kwame

Producer of the Year – MOG

Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year – Medikal

Male Vocalist of the Year – MOG

Female Vocalist of the Year – Celestine Donkor

Best Group of the Year – DopeNation

Best Collaboration of the Year – Sarkodie (Oofeetso ft Prince Bright)

Best Rapper of the Year – Kwesi Arthur

African Artiste of the Year – BurnaBoy

International Collaboration of the Year – Sarkodie (Lucky ft Rudebwoy)

Album of the Year – KiDi (Sugar)

Most Popular Song of the Year – Kofi Kinaata (Things Fall Apart)

Best New Artiste of the Year – Fameye

Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene

Vodafone Green Ambassador – Gasmilla

Lastly, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the legendary George Darko.