The biggest and most historic music awards in Ghana was climaxed on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
The 2018 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) came with some level of gloss, albeit without a few challenges as well.
The event was obviously an improvement on last year’s and that actually shows that as our musicians strive to grow, so does that organisers of the VGMA.
But, all said and done, it was a successful awards night sandwiched by perfect, not so perfect, weird and classy performances all together.
Here are five things we learned from the 2018 VGMA:
1. Samini is still the king of live band
On a night where the organisers of the VGMA demanded that artistes perform on live band, it was to be expected that most of them would flop.
The is because most Ghanaian artistes have been used to miming and have rarely spent time rehearsing for such live performances.
Not for Samini, thought. The ‘my own’ hit maker is in a league of his own and he demonstrated that at the VGMA. Samini hopped onto the stage to deliver another impeccable performance that clearly topped everyone else on the night.
He might not be as actionable as he used to be, but when it comes to live band, there is no doubt that Samini remains the king.
2. Think legendary, think Sarkodie
Very few Ghanaian artistes deliver legendary performances like Sarkodie does. Year in, year out the rapper flips the pages with delightful performances when on stage.
At this year’s VGMA, Sarkodie chose a rather unorthodox entry, mounting the stage with an army of choristers behind him as backup.
The BET winner scooped two awards on the nigh – Best rapper and Hiplife/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year – but it is his legendary performance on the night that many of his fans will remember.
Majority of the artistes who performed at the 2018 VGMA flattered to deceive, whiles others were also way below-par. However, Sarkodie lit the auditorium when he mounted the stage and did what he does best. An absolutely legendary performance from the Sarkcess boss.
3. A night of weird dresses
Now let’s forget the award for a minute and focus on the outfits of celebrities at the 2018 VGMA. The event has most often been a platform where any of our stars showcase their impressive fashion sense.
However, as usual, this years was one that saw some weird dressings. Despite some celebs killing it with their stylistic outfits, others simply made a mess of themselves.
And, it was no surprise that social media went wild with trolls after sighting the dresses of some of the musicians and celebs who graced the event.
Some were obviously in over-sized dresses, whiles others were spotted with outfits that you would struggle to understand how they came by them, and even chose to wear them.
The colours of some of the outfits were simply off, with some of the combinations also badly put together. It was a fantastic night, but the weird dresses were just one too many.
4. Another VGMA, another controversy with some awards
Could there ever be an award night without controversy? Well, almost every award around the globe comes with its own controversies and the 2018 VGMA was no different.
Whiles some artistes walked freely with their awards, others had to face a skeptical public and fandom disappointed by the awards the won.
The top on this list was Fancy Gadam’s ‘totally cheat’ being adjudged the Most Popular Song of the Year. Obviously, nobody needs a rocket scientist tell him or her that Patapaa’s ‘one corner’ was supposed to win this category.
However, just like last year, and the year before, and the years before, before, this was another controversial VGMA.
5. Stonebwoy rules dancehall category
2018 has been a year of rivalries and controversies. However, one thing that is certain now is that Stonebwoy is ruling the dancehall category and it’s no longer funny.
The Bhim Nation boss won the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year for the fourth straight time at the 2018 VGMA. Yes, you heard right, four-time back-to-back winner in this category.
Many used to argue that the absence of Shatta Wale from the VGMA is what allowed Stonebwoy to reign, however, not even the return of the ‘ayoo’ hit maker has halted that flawless run.
The debate will continue to rumble on, but if one man has been winning the dancehall artiste of the year for the past four years running, then he certainly is ruling the category. Don’t forget, it Stonebwoy again won the category during the maiden edition of the 3Muisc Awards. He is just ruling.
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