Home Arts, Style & Entertainment VGMAs 2017: History made, gospel act Joe Mettle is Artiste of the Year [+FULL LIST OF WINNERS]

VGMAs 2017: History made, gospel act Joe Mettle is Artiste of the Year [+FULL LIST OF WINNERS]

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In an unprecedented turn of events, gospel singer Joe Mettle was crowned Artist of the Year at this year’s edition of the Vodafone-sponsored Ghana Music Awards. Β He is the first Gospel act since the scheme was instituted in 2000 to achieve the topmost prize.

Joe Mettle also walked home with awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance. He beat off fierce competition from EL, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Medikal, and MzVee.

A couple of weeks to the event, a huge campaign was championed by the Gospel fraternity to help him achieve the coveted prize. An excited Joe Mettle was joined onstage by colleagues Nacee, Jeshrun Okyere, among others.

Initial technical hitches led to the late commencement of the show, which was originally scheduled to commence at 8 pm, but it was rectified, and the rest of the show went smoothly.

Other big winners for the night were rapper M.anifest and Confession hitmaker Kofi Kinaata. Tamale-based Fancy Gadam also pulled a significant surprise as he beat the likes of Article Wan, Eugy, and Medikal to emerge New Artist of the Year. Medikal, who was up for a total of 7 nominations, went home with none…a major upset for the night.

This year’s event, the 18th sedition, was hosted by ace broadcaster Anita Erskine of Starr FM.Β She’s the first woman to host the show, and was supported by DJ Black on the turntables, and Berla Mundi an Eliken Kumordzi on the red carpet.

The evening also saw performances from local and international acts as Toofan, Sarkodie, Medikal, Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Runtown, Kofi Kinaata, EL, and M.anifest, among others.

Here’s the full list of winners:

GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Change Over – Mary Agyemang

Mewo Jesus – Mabel Okyere

Still You Reign – Sonnie Badu

Healing Stream – Jeshrun Okyere ft. Nathaniel Bassey

Agye Won Nsam – Piesie Esther

HIGHLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Jwe – Bisa K’dei

Confession – Kofi Kinaata

Beshiwo – Becca ft. Bisa K’dei

Mintse Bo – Wisa Greid

Christy – Dobble

Bokor Bokor – Kill Beatz ft. Mugeez & Fuse ODG

HIPLIFE SONG OF THE YEAR

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

Club – Donzy ft. Piesie & Sarkodie

Go Low – Flowking Stone

RNS – Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

HIP-HOP SONG OF THE YEAR

God MC – M.anifest

Trumpet – Sarkodie ft. Teephlow, Koo Ntakra, Strongman, Donzy, Medikal & Pappy Kojo

Lalafalama – EL

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Egboame (remix) – Edem ft. Cabum, Teephlow, Ayat, Gemini, Medikal, Mac M, Darko & Bebelino

Tension – Okyeame Kwame ft. Cabum, Medikal & Sister Debbie

BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SONG OF THE YEAR

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Gborgborvor – Gallaxy ft. Stonebwoy

Kupe – Ebony

Yonnah – Samini ft. Luther

Pain Dem – Rudebwoy Ranking

Arostor – Kaakie ft. Yaa Pono

AFRO POP SONG OF THE YEAR

Kaabuame – EL

Dance For Me – Eugy ft. Mr. Eazi

Solo – Article Wan

U x Me – Joey B

Too Risky – Medikal ft. Sister Debbie

Too Late – Adina

Grind – Vision DJ ft. A.I

GOSPEL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle

Piesie Esther

Sonnnie Badu

Jeshrun Okyere

Nacee

HIGHLIFE ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Bis K’dei

Becca

Kofi Kinaata

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Stonebwoy

Ras Kuuku

Samini

Ebony

Rudebwoy

MzVee

HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Guru

EL

Flowking Stone

Medikal

Sarkodie

M.anifest

Joey B

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Kill Beatz – Too Late

Kofi Kinaata – Confession

Nacee – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Leno by Wiyaala – Charlotte Appleton

Small Small by Okyeame Kwame ft. MzVee – Phamous Philms

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze by Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku – Mcwillies

Rapping Drums by Flowking Stone – Xbills Ebenezer

W’ani Aba by M.anifest ft. Bisa K’dei – Solomon Director

Nyedzilo by Edem ft. Rekaado Banks – Phamous Philms

RECORD OF THE YEAR

Me Ne Wo Aa – Nacee

Hello – Akwaboah ft. Sarkodie

Too Late – Adina

U x Me – Joey B

Motromodwo – Trigmatic ft. A.I

BEST MALE VOCALIST

Ogya Mensah – Get Serious

Afriyie – Here To Stay

Joe Mettle – Onwanwani

Akwaboah – Hello

Sonnie badu – Still You Reign

Ernest Opoku – Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST

Adina – Too Late

Becca – Beshiwo

MzVee – Nobody Else

Piesie Esther – Agye Won Nsam

Petrah – My Man

BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR

VVIP

R2bees

Dunsin

Gallaxy

BEST RAPPER OF THE YEAR

Flowking Stone – Fire Bon Dem (remix)

EL – Love God

Medikal – Connect

Yaa Pono (Ponobiom) – Mind on Money

M.anifest – 100%

Sarkodie – Fire Born Dem (remix)

BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame A Yewo Adze – Nacee ft. Ernest Opoku

Confirm (remix) – Medikal ft. Sarkodie

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Nwansina – Ras Kuuku ft. Luther

Samba – Guru ft. Singlet

BEST NEW ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Medikal

Nii Funny

Fancy Gadam

Article Wan

Feli Nuna

Ebony

Rudebwoy Ranking

Eugy

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Counselor – Nacee

BAR 3 – EL

Nowhere Cool – M.anifest

Gifted – Flowking Stone

Soundz of Africa – Sonnie Badu

VODAFONE SONG OF THE YEAR

Christy – Dobble

U x Me – Joey B

RNS – Sarkodie

Solo – Article Wan

People Dey – Stonebwoy

Kaabuame – EL

Bie Gya – Criss Waddle ft. Stonebwoy

Sweetie Pie – Kofi Kinaata

Alhaji – VVIP ft. Patoranking

Yewo Nyame Aa Yewo Adze – Nacee

Go Low – Flowking Stone

OVERALL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

EL

Sarkodie

Stonebwoy

Joe Mettle

MzVee

Medikal

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Patoranking

Mr. Eazi

Runtown

Tekno

Nathaniel Bassey

UNSUNG ARTISTE

AJ Lyricx

Afezi Perry

CJ Biggerman

Cina Soul

Deon Boakye

eShun

Kuami Eugene

TRADITIONAL ARTISE OF THE YEAR

Sammy Amed

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Philip Acquah

VODAFONE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOUR

Paapa Yankson

 

 

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