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The Biggest Music Awards In Ghana – VGMA

The VGMA, which fully stands for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, was formally known as the “2019 Ghana Music Awards,” and the event has since been held at the Grand Arena at the AICC.

The VGMA is held annually in April, May, or June in Ghana, and the show is broadcast locally on some national TV stations, including GHOne TV, GTV, and TV3. Outside of Ghana, viewers could watch Akwaaba Magic on the satellite TV platform DStv as well as the terrestrial TV platform GOtv. Before the launch of the Akwaaba Magic channel in 2021, the VGMA was broadcast outside Ghana on channels 155 and 198 on DStv and on channel 110 on GOtv. In the year 2020, VGMA’s precursor, which is the nominees’ jam that was scheduled for April 4 at Jackson Park in Koforidua (Ghana), was postponed and later canceled. The action was in line with compliance with a national directive on public gatherings due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The nominees’ jam is often held to introduce the nominees for the awards that year to the public prior to the main show, which takes place days or weeks later.

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards plaque has been awarded in various forms over the years. The event, which has been running for more than two decades, has seen the likes of many artists from the motherland receive plaques at every year’s edition of the show. The current edition of the plaque was unveiled before the 2019 edition of the event. It consists of a gold star plaque with a circular hole and strings on opposite faces, mimicking a guitar.

The Artist of the Year award is the highest and most prestigious of the awards that are given at the event. It is always the last to be announced. The artist of the year award is often given to the artist(s) that have been adjudged by the CharterHouse, the VGMA Board, and the general public as having the highest audience appeal, radio play, online streaming, as well as the largest popularity across all fields.

The artist(s) who wins artist of the year must have released a hit single or album during the year under review to qualify or be eligible for the award. Many of the finest musicians in the country have won the artist of the year award. In some cases, some sections of the public hold different opinions about the selection of the artist of the year. Many times, it raises conversation in the media, with some people questioning the credibility of the award scheme, sometimes including some artists who were nominated. This happens to all categories of nominations, not just the artist of the year category. A typical example was when Patapaa lost to Fancy Gadam in the “popular song of the year” category and Patapaa passed comments discrediting the organizers.

Past and present Artist of the Year award winners include Kojo Antwi, Daddy Lumba, Sarkodie, Stonewoy, EL, Ebony, Kidi, Joe Mettle, Diana Hamilton, Shatta Wale, Samini, R2Bees, and VIP, among others.

The reigning artist of the year is Kidi from Lynx Entertainment, who got the world dancing and singing with his hit song “Touch It,” which he released during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his Golden Boy album, which got everyone singing and dancing.

The organizers introduced a special award category called “led artist of the decade.” The reigning artist of the decade is Sarkodie, for being consistent in the music industry for a decade and counting.

During the 2019 edition of the show, some disturbances came up, which led to the event organizers banning the artists involved for two years from the event. The two artists, namely Stonbwoy and Shatta Wale, are two of the biggest dancehall artists in the country and Africa at large. During the event, both artists were nominated for the Reggae Dancehall Artist of the Year award, which Stonebwoy had previously won four times in a row. Both artists had put in a lot of work that year, and it was challenging to guess which of them could win the award in the category, although there were other good nominees as well. When the winner of the “Artists of the Ear” category was announced, the entire hall fell silent. Both artists were escorted by entourages.

The winner was announced, and it was Stonebwoy who won it for the fifth time in a row. The BHIM natives, who are Stonebowy fans, were jubilant, but it did not sit well with Shatta Wale and his crew. So when Stonebwoy was about to give his speech after receiving the award, Shatta Wale stormed the stage with an entourage. Their presence on the stage disrupted the whole event and led to chaos where Stonebwoy pulled a gun, which was captured live on TV. The good news is that no one was hurt and no casualties were recorded. All artists and their fans returned home safe and sound. The organizers issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience and banning Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale from the event for two years. The suspension ended in 2022 and saw the return of Stonebwoy performing live on stage.

VGMA-24 will be the next edition of the award. Some notable artists have put in enough effort under the year of review, and their fans can’t wait to see them sweep awards at the coming edition of the VGMA. The election is approaching at the time of publication in February 2023, and nominees will be released in no time for voting to begin across the board. Some fans have tucked their artists in as winners of the ultimate artist of the year award, considering the efforts they have put in so far. However, we can only be sure after the incident whether or not the insinuation will be true. Some young talents, such as Black Sharif and Lasmid, have hit the ground running in the year of review, and people are predicting a bright future for them as well as wishing them to win certain awards. All the same, all artists have put in a lot of work during the year of review, and only the organizers can determine who wins what in the next VGMA. The country and the world as a whole are looking forward to a wonderful event come April, May, or June of 2023. The event for this year’s edition is dubbed, “The Music, The People, The Culture.”

The country looks forward to an amazing show as nominations will soon be opened and closed for organizations to commence towards the show. We shall later update you on the venue, date, and time of the event. Keep in touch with us. We bring you only the best.

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