Gospel musician Joe Mettle has become the first ever artiste of the genre to win the coveted Artiste of the Year at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
He beat competition from Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, MzVee, EL and Medikal. Mettle also won the award for the gospel act of the year.
The Artiste of the Year Award is given to the artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity in a particular year.
To win the topmost award, an artiste must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.
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Other top winners of the night are - Highlife sensation Kofi Kinaata had three honours, Stonebwoy won two awards, VVIP amassed two, M.anifest had three and Adina also received two awards as well.
Below is the full list of winners:
Gospel Song of the Year – Nacee – ‘Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze’ feat. Ernest Opoku
Highlife Song of the Year – Kofi Kinaata – Confession
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Stonebwoy – People Dey
Hiphop Song of the Year – M.anifest – godMC
Hiplife Song of the Year – Flow King – Go Low
Afropop Song of the Year – E.L – Kaa Bu Ame
Best Music Video of the Year – Okyeame Kwame ‘Small Small’ feat. MzVee
Rapper of the Year – M.anifest
African Artiste of the Year – Runtown
Best New Artiste – Fancy Gadam
Record of the Year – Adina Too Late
Song Writer of the Year - Kofi Kinaata
Traditional Artiste of the Year - Sammy Ahmed
Instrumentalist of the Year - Phillip Acquah
Lifetime Achievement Award - Papa Yankson