Last night, on Saturday the 18th of May 2019, the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held in Accra, Ghana. The biggest names in Ghanaian music gathered at the Accra International Conference Centre, where several artists and producers would receive honors for the work done within the past year.
The night saw many captivating performances by the likes of Kwesi Arthur, Kuami Eugene, Medikal, Samini, Sarkodie, our very own Burna Boy, and more. Several artists went home with awards, some even bagging more than one.
However, the night was also marked with some commotion, as chaos ensued during a brief altercation as Shatta Wale and crew stormed the stage during Stonebwoy‘s acceptance speech for Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year, where Stonebwoy then proceeded to pull out a firearm.
The show was stopped briefly, but once the dust settled it continued with a performance by Samini, and the rest of the program for the night. Due to the altercation, the results of two awards were withheld – Artist of the Year, and Most Popular Song of the Year, with VGMA officials stating that they will be announced at a later date.
Burna Boy also took home the award for African Artist of the Year, where Mama Burna gave an inspiring acceptance speech on his behalf.
Below is the full list of announced winners.
Traditional Artiste of the Year – Kwan Pa
Instrumentalist of the Year – Mizter Okyere
Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Mrs. Mary Ghansah, Obuoba J.A. Adofo, Prof Kofi Abraham
Unsung Artiste of the Year – Kula
Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton – Mo Ne Yo
Highlife Song of the Year – Shatta Wale – My Level
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Shatta Wale – Gringo
Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Kwesi Arthur – Anthem
Hiplife Song of the Year – Yaa Pono ft. Stonebwoy – Obiaa Wone Master
Afropop Song of the Year – Guilty Beatz ft. Mr Eazi, Pappy Kojo and Patapaa – Akwaaba
Gospel Artiste of the Year – Diana Hamilton
Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene
Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year – Medikal
Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Stonebwoy
Music Video of the Year – MzVee ft. Yemi Alade – Come and See My Moda
Best Collaboration of the Year – Stonebwoy ft. Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes & Kelvyn Boy – Kpoo Keke
Record of the Year – Akwaboah – Hye Me Bo
Songwriter of the Year – King Promise for King Promise ft. Mugeez & Sarkodie – CCTV
Producer of the Year – Kuami Eugene
Best Female Vocalist – Efya – Hold You Down
Sound Engineer of the Year – Francis Osei for Akwaboah – Sh3 Me Bo
African Artiste of the Year – Burna Boy
Rapper of the Year – Medikal
Best African Collaboration – Guilty Beatz ft. Mr Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo – Akwaaba
Best Group of the Year – Bethel Revival Choir
Best New Artiste – Wendy Shay
Album of the Year – Rockstar by Kuami Eugene
Artiste of the Decade – Sarkodie