The Ghana Music Awards 2017 is the classical example for how Ghanaians appreciate their very own. This Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is held annually, an event aimed at recognizing those who have put in notable efforts or excelled in the entertainment industry. However, each year the event set a higher precedence for the other coming after. The 2017 music awards went down in a way we all thought it was the best event; nostalgic per say, but the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was on another level.
This can be traced back to the research, creativity and optimization stakeholders in the entertainment industry have factored in. they have really mastered the art and what their content consumers want and have therefore tailor made their products as per the demand. As this happens, there is a parallel correlation in the event that recognizes these efforts. It takes their antics on another level, besides you wouldn’t teach a child how to talk if you do not know how to.
Ghana Music Awards 2017 is slightly different from the Ghana Music Awards 2018, first its because the list of nominees is does not tally. This is expected; ideally the competition recognizes effort and works towards rewarding the same. There are chances better persons in the industry may beat the best, or the potential for laxity among other things bearing in mind there are young and unique talents making entrance into the industry. Every other thing was different from the set up, attendees, Mcees, winners and even the times. However this changes were needed and somewhat made the event more offbeat in a positive way.
For those wondering when is the Ghana Music Awards 2018, I am here to answer you. This big land marking and life changing event is set to be on the 14th of April 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre – date for Ghana Music Awards. The nomination list was officially made public on March 5th 2018. Well, the event has already taken place and we now are well informed about those who were crowned with honor and recognition for their 2017 / 2018 work in the entertainment scenes. Some of those who scooped the awards were expected but better still other came as a big surprise to the fans.
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The Ghana Music Awards night was a night of joy and tears. Yes I said tears; some of these music personalities could not fathom or lightly accommodate the fact that their work, effort and talent were noticeable. It is expected to once in a while shed a tear of joy and this night just provided for that. Besides, who would not pay with gladness competing with the big and legendary wings in the industry then when the grand announcement comes, your name is read out loud for all to hear that you are the best of the best. This are some moments that shake you up to the core of your being leaving you mindless of what people may say are your emotions go showing.
In case you didn't have a glimpse of what went down and probably all the back and forth talk about the occasions make you go like I really failed, worry no more. You could be having your reasons for not attending but then its better late than never. There is a digital media upload of the events you can watch Ghana Music Awards live. This brings you solace right? Technology has made our life easier, as almost every other aspect of life has undergone shift thanks to embracing the use of modern technology. The ability to capture moment and store them up for future reference is one of the successes and which makes life more tasteful since a shot can be taken and you view it much later even when you were not there physically. This is good but next time let you not hear from other but rather be the one narrating the events to others. Below are the winners of Ghana Music Awards:
Ghana Music Awards winners list
As I had mentioned earlier on, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards are organized every year and it is inspired by the zeal to appreciate those who are doing well. The giant telecommunication services provide, Vodafone is the primary sponsor of the even although there are other companies associated and who can be credited for the annual success. Recognition comes in various distinct categories as these entertainment celebrities are gifted differently. Some are songwriters, singers, in different music genre, producers, DJs among other dimensions in entertainment. For this reasons, praise, appreciation and recognition is expressed independently as per the history of Ghana Music Awards based on the categories therein.
Artiste of the year - Ghana Music Awards
Well, let's start with this category due to the hype, status and recognition associated with it. This is the top awards and obviously is a highly competitive hot seat for one to scoop. The who is who in the industry get to compete among each other; the most popular get the highest number of votes and therefore goes home with the crown alongside other goodies they may be given. The fresh talents who have soar at the top get to compete with the veteran and is a time to watch how things unfold.
In 2018 the Vodafone Ghana music award nominees for the Artiste of the year category included Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, the late Ebony and Joe Mettle. They reached out to their fans to have them consider them for the title and subsequently vote for them. In the end, the late Ebony was named as the Artiste of the Year title bearer. Unfortunately, the lass had earlier on passed on in grisly road accident. This brought tears to many and took many mind to her life back when she was kicking.
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Song of the year
This is yet another top award in the Ghana Music Awards. The top song is analyzed in terms of content, choreography arrangement, quality of the song; voice, clarity and instrumentation, video, popularity and its ability to cause a fuss in the industry. In simple terms is song good in all notable parameters is what is looked into. For this reason the song comes under extreme scrutiny both from the bench judges and the fans and hence when on scores they have scored in deed.
Ghana Music Awards nominations under this category included Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinaata - Obi Agi Obi Girl, Kuami Eugene – Angela, Kidi – Odo, Fancy Gandam ft Sarkodie -Total Cheat, Shatta Wale ft The Militants -Taking Over, Magnom - My Baby, Wutah – Bronya, Ebony – Sponsor, Sarkodie ft Runtown – Painkiller, Patapaa - One Corner, King Promise - Oh yeah, Shatta Wale – Ayoo, and Joe Mettle - Bo No Nii. Quite a handful number of nominees they were, the best artistes in the industry represented by their intriguing songs. Fancy ft Sarkodie’s song Total Cheat emerged as the Song of the Year and the two were therefore awarded covetously.
Album of the year – Ghana Music Awards
Well, if the best song for that year was to be awarded then it would also be wise to be in cognition of the album that top during the same period. There were many music album released in the period of 2017/ 2018 and were doing well in the industry. However for some reasons the event’s organizers settled with Daavi from Mzvee, Epistles of Mama by Stonebwoy, Bonyfied by Ebony and Highest from Sarkodie as the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominees under this category.
The four albums is just one of those things you can be set forth and asked to tell which is the best and just run into the world of indecisiveness. Nonetheless, although they are a top in their own capacities there had to be a winner. The public say the fans made this hard decision and the judges settled on the best artist you score the highest votes and this happened to be our fallen heroine Ebony with the album Bonyfield being given the 2018 title in the Ghana Music Awards 2018.
Record of the year – Ghana Music Awards night
Just as the name suggest this award goes to those who has made a significant or felt impact in the industry for a certain duration in this case 2017 – 2018. Record can be in terms of quality work, off beat strategies, popularity, and online viewership and sale records. The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominees who were lined up for the Ghana music a awards night were Samin with My Own, State of the Art with Teephlow, Glory by Sarkodie and finally Dream by Kumi Guitar.
Under a lot of considerations including fans number of votes, the paneled unanimously agreed that the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards winners under the category of the Record of the Year would go to Teephlow of State of the Art. He won in terms of popularity, quality and content full song and even consistency.
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Best male vocal performance from the Ghana Music Awards winner list
There were many artists competing for this title which makes me wonder of the kind of show stopping talents we have and how flawless they have been polished. Nominees included Kuami Eugene with Angela, Samini in My OWN, Kid – Odo, King Promise of Selfish, Mugeez in Over and Joe Mettle in Bo No Nii. The consideration here was the vocals and the winner would obviously beat the rest. Joe Mettle of Bo No Nii was named as the Best Male Vocalist of the year during the Ghana Music Awards night. He in fact does merit he has the best vocals that will leave you agape.
Best female vocal performance – Ghana Music Awards 2018
The assessment for the above category of those with the best vocal chords was similarly done among the female artists. Various female music artists were name by only five made to the finish line for the Ghana Music Awards nominations. These are Nana Yaa-Don’t Leave Me Alone, Mzvee-Bright Lights, Becca-Summuy3, Efya- Love and Adina-Makoma. The latter was named the Best Female Vocalist of the Year. She is indeed a piece of work, other than being talented the gal has the ability to make good you of her assets along with a courtly attitude. She was praised ad recognized for the talent therein.
Best new artiste of the year
The Ghana Music Awards recognized seasoned talent but also acknowledge the upcoming artist in bid to encourage and nurture them to be legends and make a successful career in music. There are many upcoming music artistes as we all know. However those who had exceptional talent, were determined and were full of diligence and integrity were the first to be considered,. This list was then narrowed down into Kuami Eugene, B4Bonah, Kwesi Arthur, King Promise, Kurl Songz and Kidi. Based on merit nevertheless, Kuami Eugene was bestowed the Best New Artiste of the Year title.
Songwriter of the year at the Vodafone music awards
A song can’t be with good instrumental records and no words. It should be understood that there are songwriters who do not singer and those who take up both roles. However, the Songwriter of the year category during the Ghana Music Awards night, recognized people who can write unforgettable songs and have made a mark in the entertainment industry. Those signed for this competition included Stonebwoy, in the song My Name, Willis Beatz in Last Show, Samini with My Own, Kimi Guitar – Dream, Maame HW3 IN Bullet and finally Joe Mettle in Bo Noo Nii. This award was taken by Bullet for Maame HW3.
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Gospel artiste of the year & Gospel song of the year
While still appreciating those excelling in contemporary music scenes it is also wisdom to acknowledge those who do it solely for the spread of the gospel. The above two categories were awarded separately though they closely relate. Nominees include Jehovah - Ceccy Twum, Obi Nyanime - Patience Nyarko, Boot 4 Boot- Joyce Blessing, Efatawo – Nacee, Joe Mettle - Bo Noo Ni and Adom - Gifty Osei for the song while Gifty Osei, and Celestine Donkor.
Interestingly the two segments Joe Mettle emerged the title bearer and the song Boo Noo Ni was termed the best in the gospel facet.
Best collaboration of the year
The considerations are how well an artist can blend in with the other for the success of the common project the two are working on. During the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2018, trending collaborations included Pain Killer— Sarkodie ft Runtown, Sing My Name Remix— Mzvee Ft Patoranking, Jennifer Lomotey— Kurl Songs ft Sarkodie, Bo Noo Ni— Joe Mettle Ft Luigi Maclean, Obi Agye Obi Girl— Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinata, Na Wash— Becca ft Patoranking, and Taking Over— Shatta Wale Ft S.M Militants. These are just but good songs but the Shatta Wale and SM Militants’ Taking came out strongly as the best. The two walked home with this honor from the Ghana Music Awards night.
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Best group of the year – Ghana Music Awards 2018
Well, it is not so common to find a group of artist working together and bringing out good songs time and time again. However, there are few groups that have withstood the test of time including the Ghanaian R2bees, Wutah and VVIP who completed for the title of the Best Group of the Year award. According to the Ghana Music Awards winner list, Wutah was the best group after they all were subjected to public opinion.
Best music video of the year
Much as good vocals and instrumentation counts into a good song the visuals in the video similarly speaks volume. Following this music artist has invested heavily into production of a good music video that is appealing and entertaining to their fans. The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominees under this title include the winner Obi Agy Obi Girl in the video of GYO Phamous Films alongside competitors such as Abass, Vertex, E. Kumodzi, Bra Shizzle and Nicol Sey.
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Highlife song of the year & Highlife artiste of the year
This refers to music done as a show of high end life; those lavishing in riches, what extravagance really is and the lifestyle of their in this world. In cognition that these things are happening in the world today someone who made a mention of the same in a unique but good way was to be recognized. Odo by Kidi emerged as the Highlife song of the year beating Over by R2bees, Hustle by Ebony, Angela by Kuami Eugene and Dream By Kumi Guitar.
In the categories of Highlife artiste, Kuami Eugene was recognized. The two categories were awarded differently and winners of the Ghana awards announced in their respective categories.
Dancehall / reggae song of the year & Reggae dancehall artiste of the year
We all love moving our bodies as per the reggae or the dancehall tune, don’t we? This genre would obviously not be forgotten since it is very popular. The Ghanaian art in the genre have composed some good song now competing for the Ghana Music Awards. Maya Burn Dem - Article Wan, Until The Dawn – Efya, My Own – Samini, Rewind – Mzvee and Dem Confuse - Shatta Wale did participate but Samini’s sole dancehall track, My Own carried the day.
In the next in line category; Reggae dancehall artiste of the year, those at the apex in the industry did compete amongst themselves. Stonebwoy did beat Shatta Wale, Mzvee and Ebony.
Hip hop song of the year & hip pop artiste of the year
The Light it Up by Sarkodie, Pen and Paper by Kojo cue & Shaker, Grind Day remix by Kwesi Arthur Dear God by B4Bonah, and State of the Art – Teephlow were named as the official hip hop song of the year 2017-2018 that would be voted for according to the Ghana Music Awards nominations. The Hip pop sensation, Kwesi Arthur’s Grind day was named the Hip Pop song of the year.
In the dimension of the artiste who signed for the competition under the umbrella of Hip pop artiste of the year, Sarkodie beat all the opponent including Kwesi Arthir who had won the song category, other competitors included VVIP, Captain Planet, R2bees and Ponobiom. Hiphop is considered as urban music and the younger generation loves it to the core of their being.
Best rapper of the year
Rap music is closely linked to hip pop music the two take an almost similar genre although completely different from the other. rapping in the entertainment industry is the next big thing to watch in future. There are renowned rappers in Ghana yet there are new ones chipping in and we should watch what unfolds.
The Vodafone Ghana awards nominees for the category of best rapper of the year included Shaker with the song pen and Paper, Kojo Cue still in the same song, Sarkodies in Light It Up, Strongman in Transformer, Teflon in Phlowducation and Eno Barony with his song Fear no Man. This category the winner was an obvious guess, Sarkodie in Light It Up. The dude just raps leaving us astonished as he drops punch lines one after the other in his work, he was a face to reckon during the Ghana Music Awards night.
Well, it appears the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards was an elaborate event. This explains why the event was scheduled to last for four hours but went up to the wee hours of the night. This is because there was much to do in giving recognition, honor and awards to those who had done their best in the 2017 – 2018 entertainment industry. Other categories that were recognized in that night were the Afro Pop song of the year taken by Ebony in her song Sponsor, African Artiste of the Year where Davido took the title, traditional artist – Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble, Instrumental Artiste of the Year Dominic Quashie and finally Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei.
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