Complete List of Winners: Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018

UNSUNG ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Kelvin Bwoy (WINNER)
Dhat Gyal
Real MC
Christian
Dope Nation
OBK

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nana Amanua Dodoo

HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam, featuring Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • Boys Boys – Nacee , featuring Guru
  • Painkiller – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet (4×4) , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • Ayoo – Shatta Wale 
  • One Corner – Patapaa , featuring Ras Cann

 

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Boot 4 Boot – Joyce Blessing
  • Obi Nyanime – Patience Nyarko
  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean (WINNER)
  • Efatawo – Nacee
  • Adom – Gifty Osei
  • Jehovah – Ceccy Twum

 

HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Bronya – Wutah
  • Odo – KiDi (WINNER)
  • Angela – Kuami Eugene
  • Ladder – Lil Win
  • Over – R2bees
  • Hustle – Ebony

AFRO POP SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Makoma – Adina
  • Oh Yeah – King Promise
  • Say You Love Me – KiDi
  • Sing My Name – MzVee
  • Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx
  • Sponsor – Ebony (WINNER)
  • My Baby – Magnom
  • Come From Afar – Stonebwoy

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REGGAE / DANCEHALL SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Until The Dawn – Efya
  • My Own – Samini (WINNER)
  • My Name – Stonebwoy
  • Faya Burn Dem – Article Wan
  • Rewind – MzVee
  • Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale

 

HIP HOP SONG OF THE YEAR 

  • State Of The Art – Teephlow
  • Light It Up – Sarkodie
  • Grind Day Remix – Kwesi Arthur (WINNER)
  • Pen and Paper – KoJo Cue & Shaker
  • Dear God – B4bonah

 

GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Joyce Blessing
  • Patience Nyarko
  • Joe Mettle (WINNER)
  • Celestine Donkor
  • Gifty Osei
  • Nacee

 

REGGAE / DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Ebony
  • MzVee
  • Shatta Wale
  • Stonebwoy (WINNER)

 

HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Wutah
  • KiDi
  • Kuami Eugene (WINNER)
  • Becca

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Selfish – King Promise
  • My Girl – B4bonah
  • Wedding Car – Opanka
  • Obi Agye Obi Girl – Captain Planet (WINNER)
  • Pen & Paper – KoJo Cue & Shaker

 

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • My Own – Samini
  • Glory – Sarkodie
  • State Of The Art – Teephlow (WINNER)

 

SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR

  • Kumi Guitar – Dream – Kumi Guitar
  • Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle
  • Ebony – Maame Hwe – Bullet (WINNER)
  • Kofi Kinaata – Last Show – Kofi Kinaata
  • Samini – My Own – Samini
  • Stonebwoy – My Name – Stonebwoy

 

BEST GROUP 

  • VVIP
  • R2bees
  • Wutah (WINNER)

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Adina – Makoma (WINNER)
  • NanaYaa – Don’t Leave Me Alone
  • Efya – Love
  • MzVee – Bright Light
  • Becca – Summy3

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni (WINNER)
  • King Promise – Selfish
  • KiDi – ODO
  • Kuami Eugene – Angela
  • Mugeez – Over
  • Samini – My Own

 

HIP LIFE / HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Pono Biom
  • R2bees
  • Captain Planet
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • VVIP

 

BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR

  • Eno Barony – Fear No Man
  • Teephlow – Phlowducation
  • Sarkodie – Light It Up (WINNER)
  • Shaker – Pen & Paper
  • KoJo Cue – Pen & Paper
  • Strongman – Transformer

 

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean
  • Sing My Name Remix – MzVee , featuring Patoranking
  • Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx , featuring Sarkodie
  • Painkiller – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown
  • Taking Over – Shatta Wale , featuring S.M Militants (WINNER)
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet (4×4) , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • Na Wash – Becca , featuring Patoranking

 

BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • King Promise
  • Kurl Songx
  • KiDi
  • Kuami Eugene (WINNER)
  • Magnom
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • B4bonah

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Davido (WINNER)
  • Wizkid
  • Toofan
  • Cassper Nyovest
  • Nasty C
  • Tiwa Savage
  • Olamide

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Sponsor – Ebony
  • Odo – KiDi
  • Angela – Kuami Eugene
  • Taking Over – Shatta Wale , featuring S.M Militants
  • Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam , featuring Sarkodie (WINNER)
  • Bronya – Wutah
  • One Corner – Patapaa , featuring Ras Cann
  • Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle , featuring Luigi MacLean
  • Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet , featuring Kofi Kinaata
  • My Baby – Magnom , featuring Joey B
  • Oh Yeah – King Promise
  • Pain Killer – Sarkodie , featuring Runtown

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Epistles Of Mama – Stonebwoy
  • Daavi – MzVee
  • Bonyfied – Ebony (WINNER)
  • Highest – Sarkodie

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  • Joe Mettle
  • Ebony (WINNER)
  • Shatta Wale
  • Sarkodie
  • Stonebwoy

 

Dear 2018

Dear 2018

Like an eagle soaring high

My heart is flying high to have an encounter with you

But be not like passed years

Coming and going with the good, the bad and the ugly

Come with all good,

Give me joy

Bring me smiles

And be beautiful to me

 

Dear 2018

2017 gave us a bit of everything good and bad

Doors were opened for people

Some couldn’t even find keys !!

Some did find the keys but didn’t know the doors !!

Loved ones were lost

And loved ones born !!

Lives shattered

And lives repaired

 

You have to do well

You don’t need to please all

Just try!

When we meet,

You gotta be friendly to the end !

You cannot please everyone

But just be good

And be faithful

 

Dear 2018

Sweet scented as you seemed to be

I again say be good

For to your peaceful days my heart cries for

And your lonely days I wish not to meet

Get up to meet me in a way so juicy and simple

Make my face forever shine with a deep dimple

Dear 2018 please be good.

 

Words by Martha Benyinge and Akakpo Elikem.

An Intimate Letter to God by AlexRepGh

Dear God,

It’s your boy once again. I thought we should talk. Ever since we fought, I’ve been going through hell. Nothing has gone too well. I fill my lungs with smokes, and my belly with hard liquor. My heart is full of hatred, covetousness, and anger, and my brain occupied by thoughts I can barely describe. For instance, whenever I walk down the street and I see a beautiful lady, I only think of how she’d be when she’s without clothes. But when I see half-naked celebrities on TV, I censure them, rain insults at them, and wish evil befall them. At the same time, I wish blessings upon myself and the entire circle around me: family, friends among others, even those who dress just like those people I see on TV. LORD, I’ve been such a hypocrite. Forgive me.

As I write this letter, it’s Sunday but I didn’t go to church. The last time I went to church, I had a nice time. I enjoyed how people danced around, shaking their bum-bums, the youth exhibiting their exuberance, similar to the way people danced when I visited the night club last Saturday. But this time, it’s not at the night club, so it’s fine. And I also witnessed the appeal for funds that went on.

I wish I could describe how I enjoyed it as much as how I didn’t enjoy it. For those who were able to give very large amounts of money, I believe they enjoyed it. Special prayers were said for them, and those who couldn’t give anything were encouraged to do so the next time. But the encouragement was indirectly telling them that it’s very wrong to not give something when you attend church.

The same way that the ‘preacher’ in a public transport would expect you to pay him for telling you to repent from your evil ways. They even expect the ‘trotro mate’ not to charge them for boarding their vehicle. When I want to take something from another person, I would firstly talk about an unrelated issue which would stir the person’s moral feelings. Then being aware of the state of their moral feelings, I would then ask them to give what I really want to ask. Lord guide and guard your children from guilefulness.

Many people pretend to be the lights, but their hearts are filled with darkness. When my heart was filled with darkness, it was your seven stars that shone upon my paths. When I thought I had lost my soul, your word held it, and I found it again. But when I tell the world, they don’t believe it because I do not go to church. Or I do not update my social media pages with words that praise you, words that thank You for saving my life.

But I know YOU know how grateful I’ve been for all the blessings you bestowed upon me, especially throughout the year 2017.
2017 was an amazing year. It started with committing myself to paths I never knew where they’d lead me, but that’s when you told me to have faith. When the road got rough, and everything fell apart, you put my pieces together and made me whole again. In 2018, I don’t wish for a better year, I wish for a year as good as all the other years I’ve lived on this earth. I pray that your wishes come through in the rest of the years of my life.

I will write again.

Yours forever,
AlexRepGh

Who Will Win 2018 VGMA Best New Artiste?

Over the last few years, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year spot has been a clear cut that you don’t need Baba Fakunle to foretell you who the winner would be. Let’s cast our minds back over the past 5 years. In 2012, Stay Jay was the winner, 2013 – Kaakie, 2014 – Joey B, 2015 – MzVee, and 2016 – Kofi Kinaata. It was only last year that Fancy Gadam took us by surprise when everyone thought Medikal had worked enough to earn the crown. Apparently, home support for the “Total Cheat” hitmaker was off the roof.

However, this year we have a different case. This year has been a year that saw new artistes spring up across the globe. And it’s no different in Ghana, as most major hits we’ve had this year were made by rookies. I can mention 5 potent contenders for the spot of VGMA 2018 Best New Artiste, all of whom are deserving winners – KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Kurl Songx, King Promise and B4Bonah. These acts worked very hard, paying their dues to the game, and in turn gaining nationwide hits and deserved attention. Usually, artistes nominated for the Best New act category have only one breakthrough song. This time, these young people have packed at least 2 hits in their bags.

KiDi

KiDi, the Lynx Entertainment signed artiste has “Say You Love Me” and “Odo” (both the original and remix version with Davido and Mayorkun) to his name. Kuami Eugene struggled to break through the nationwide market with “Boom Boom Bang Bang”, “Hiribaba”, “Show Dem”, “Ebeyeyie” and “Fadama Boy”, till he finally had the people’s favourite, “Angela”. Kurl Songx had his breakthrough when Sarkodie spat a line which made the Krobo tribe furious. Whilst people shared different opinions on the tribalistic-driven line, the song “Jennifer Lomotey” became popular. He had another follow-up titled as “Whistle” with the same rapper, Sarkodie. Like this wasn’t enough, he delivered another banger with the most buzzing artiste this year, Ebony, entitled “Feeling.”

King Promise after a glut of features, slaying hooks, finally had us dancing to his self-owned song “Oh Yeah”. “Hey Sexy” with Stonebwoy was a miss. He then bounced back with “Selfish”, which is gradually gaining grounds. B4Bonah had everyone singing along to “Dear God”. He then collaborated with King Promise, giving us “My Girl.”

There are a couple of acts which you’d question me as to why they didn’t make the list, including favourites Kwesi Arthur and Darkovibes. The two didn’t garner much success compared to the artistes mentioned previously, coming out with only one hit song each which didn’t do well across the country. We saw Darkovibes perform to a stadium crowd who didn’t know his song. I bet you have a lot of relatives who’d legit ask you “who’s Kwesi Arthur?”

The big question now is who will be the best new artiste? From the VGMA board, The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste (s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a SINGLE/ALBUM that FIRST shot the artiste(s) into the limelight during the year under review.

Lynx Entertainment artistes have been pushing for their acts to win some awards and recognition which sometimes they don’t even deserve. In 2014, MzVee was the Unsung Artiste. The following year she was the best new act (deservedly). Kuami Eugene announced his presence by winning the Unsung Artiste in 2017 when I couldn’t even mention one of his songs. So this drives me to the question, will Richie and his crew use their influence to overcome the others?

Some say KiDi leads the pack because he’s the only one who has been able to break through a non-Ghanaian market i.e. Nigeria collaborating with Africa’s favourites, Mayorkun and Davido. Kaywa, who happens to be part of the management of Kurl Songx also has a great influence in the game. Will that have any effect on his chances of winning? Would B4Bonah’s inspirational song see him through to kiss the trophy? This is a question that would be on our lips till the fateful night of the 19th Edition of VGMAs.

Fancy Gadam May Challenge Ebony in 2018 VGMAs for Artiste of the Year

Although the VGMAs are not here, we’ve almost closed the year, and unless we have another Tonga-esque kind of song, nominations can be predicted from now. Undoubtedly, the most buzzing artiste this year has been Ebony. No other artiste has made Ghanaians dance and be  entertained more than the “90s Bard Gyal” – well maybe Shatta Wale, but his issues with the VGMA management haven’t been sorted out so we can rule him out.

The 90s bad gyal as she refers herself gave us “Poison”, “Sponsor”, “Date Ur Fada” and “Hustle” which are on the lips of everyone, both old and young. Even my 4-year old niece can sing along to all these 3 songs. She has been on the road each weekend entertaining fans with her sexually-appetizing performances. Her twerks, dance moves and stage craft leaves the mouths of young men with raging hormones open. Like the singles weren’t enough, she decided to end the year with a 14-track album, “Bonyfied” . As the time of writing this article, “Sponsor” had raked 2.4 million views on YouTube. The movement wasn’t that really seen, until she recently held her own concert for her album launch, filling up West Hills mall in Accra with thousands.

Fancy Gadam on the other hand is the leader of an empire. For an artiste who made his first news by filling up Tamale Sports Stadium (now named after the late Ex. Prez. Aliu Mahama), it’s not absurd to call him a king. I bet you they’d bring Beyonce and Drake to Tamale, and if the organizers don’t put Fancy on the bill they won’t be able to fill even one stand. That’s the authority Gadam carries. He took everyone (including me) by surprise when he took home the Best New Artiste award last year. Unlike most Artistes, he didn’t rest in joy, breaking boundaries nationwide  with the banger, “Total Cheat” featuring Sarkodie. He filled up Heroes Park in Kumasi, and then Bukom Boxing Arena with thousands, just to mention a few. Although I have personal reservations, I won’t be surprised if he grabs a spot as Artiste of the Year nominee in next year’s VGMAs.

Fancy Gadam Fills Up Bukom Boxing Arena (2017)

If that happens, Fancy will be a threat to Ebony. Why? Because the former has core die-hard stans. I’m talking about an artiste who has almost three regions (out of 10) behind him. He also has fans among all the other regions. Although the board may score for Ebony, let’s not forget that the public has a huge 40% to choose who wins. It’s still a wonder to me how come always every artiste who wins majority in the public votes turns out to be the winner. This year, Fancy kicked Medikal with a wide gap of votes. That was a period when no one outside the Northern, Upper Eastern and Western Regions knew him. Now that he has gained firm grounds nationwide, we expect the voting percentage to triple. The home support for him is so massive that they don’t care about organizing meetings to see him secure the 40% lead which may easily propel him to win the enviable award.

Ebony rose to fame with headlines like “I like to let my boobs hang freely.” Her follow-up songs after “Kupe” had a bend to the Twi language which almost sounds profane till you listen to it twice. Recently, she has been criticized a lot for exposing herself too much with regards to her seductive outfits. Ebony is that type of artiste who may fall off and her name may be easily forgotten like Mzbel because she lacks a large number of core fans. Her male sympathizers are just sexually enticed by her, and her female fans are likely to talk against her and drop her if she goes wrong or doesn’t keep up.

All these and more make Fancy Gadam a huge threat to Ebony. Numbers don’t lie, and so does Joseph Aqweci Ofori.

Words by Joseph Aqweci Ofori.