The Downs & Ups of VGMA 2018: A Review

The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. It still stands as the only music event which Ghanaians, both old and young stay glued to their TV set to watch entirely. It also doubles up as the most criticized music event in Ghana.

Patapaa on the red carpet. Photo credit: Kuulpeeps

Amidst the trolls, disappointments, hilarious moments, and what have you, we always have a good moment and something worth discussing. Without further ado, let have a quick review of the event, shall we?

Charter House, the VGMA organizers are listeners. They’re learning from their mistakes, and correcting them bit by bit. Last night’s show happens to be one of the best I’ve witnessed thus far. As promised, the red carpet session started some minutes into 7 pm, unlike the previous years where it starts hours later. The main event started some minutes before 9 pm and ended at 1:15 am the next morning. This shows that they did a decent job with the time. However, it can get better.

The programme was handled by the MCs, John Dumelo and Berla Mundi. When news broke out that these 2 would be hosting the event, I had a smile on my face, because some of the memorable moments we’ve had at the VGMAs were when Dumelo presented awards. Berla Mundi had been already doing a remarkable job on the red carpet. The pair was fun. The shared jokes, did freestyle raps, and the famous Akwaaba dance, all to entertain the fans. Dumelo, at some points however seemed a little tensed up, but it still didn’t take away complete fun out of the night.

Mz Forson on the red carpet

VGMAs have been dealing with light problems for a while now, but this year’s was quite appreciable to the eyes. Viewers always complaining about the sound was later revealed to SteezeHub.com that it is a setback at the end of GTV, because they transmit sound in mono, producing bad sound. TV3 was the official media partner this year, exclusively showing it, so we enjoyed a better sound (hopefully, they transmit it to a better output). The stage was fairly okay.

Performances this year were comparatively enjoyable. Although there were a lot of satisfactory performances, the likes of Sarkodie, Samini and Stonebwoy stood out. One moment we all surely enjoyed was the comeback of the legendary trio, Praye. The performances which I’d say were substandard are that of Kwesi Arthur and Nasty C.

The downs of the night include the break in transmission when Nana Aba Anamoah was to present an award. Viewers quickly linked it to the bad blood between her and TV3 Network. However, they’ve apologized. Also, some artistes being given more than necessary time to perform. Lastly, the boring nature of most award presenters.

VGMA 2018 shall go into the books as one of the best in all the 19 editions since the awards started. I hope the organizers maintain the standard and work on making it better.

Videos: All Performances at VGMA 2018

The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. What makes this event quite enjoyable is, you get to watch live performances of all the hottest musicians at the moment (well, except Shatta Wale). Enjoy watching all the performances from below:

Video credit: Best TV, TV Plus Ghana

Photos: How the Stars Slayed on the Red Carpet at VGMA 2018

The 19th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) was held last night, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference center. One interesting moment of the awards night is who wears what, the good and bad outfits put up for the show. Check out pictures from the red carpet. Enjoy!

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