Dancehall artiste Ebony Reigns was crowned posthumously as the Artiste of the Year on the night the whole music industry in Ghana gathered to reward those who did well in 2017 and are deserving of picking awards at the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
Aside the Artiste of the Year Award, Ebony Reigns won two other awards, Album of the Year with Bonified, Afro Pop Song of the Year with Sponsor in addition to her Maame Hwe song which won her manager Bullet, the Song Writer of the Year award.
Ebony’s father and mother joined Bullet and other members of RuffTown Records to receive the award.
The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful who together with the CEO of Charterhouse, Theresa Ayeoade presented the ultimate award described it as a “well deserving award” for Ebony.
Ebony is the first female to win the Artiste of the Year category.
The CEO of Charterhouse announced that next year’s event would be held in a larger venue to accommodate more patrons.
The following artistes picked up awards
- Artiste of the Year – Ebony Reigns
- Album of the Year – Bonyfied – Ebony
- Song of the Year – Total Cheat (Fancy Gadam)
- Best New Artiste of the Year – Kuame Eugene
- Record of the Year – Teephlow (State of the Art)
- African Artiste of the Year – Davido
- Best Female Vocalist of the Year – Adina
- Best Male vocalist of the Year – Joe Mettle
- Best Music Video – Phamous – George Gyimah (Captain Planet’s Obi agye obi girl video)
- Best Group of the Year – Wutah
- Best Rapper of the Year – Sarkodie
- Best Collaboration of the Year – Shatta Wale (Taking Over)
- Reggae/Dance Hall Artiste of the Year – Stonebwoy
- Song Writer of the Year – Bullet (Ebony’s Maame Hwe)
- Hiplife/Hip-pop Artiste of the Year – Sarkodie
- Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuame Eugene
- Gospel Artiste of the Year – Joe Mettle
- Highlife Song of the Year – Kidi (Odo)
- Afro Pop Song of the Year – Ebony (Sponsor)
- Hiplife Song of the Year – Fancy Gadam ft. Sarkodie (Total Cheat)
- Reggae Dancehall of the Year – Samini (My Own)
- Hip Pop Song of the Year – Kwesi Arthur (Grind day)
- Gospel Song of the Year – Joe Mettle (Bo noo ni)
- 2018 VGMA Lifetime Achievement Award – Naa Amanua Dodoo of Wulomei Group
- Instrumentalist of the Year – Dominic Quashie
- Best Traditional Music Group – Amamreso Music and Dance Ensemble
It was Nana Yaa, daughter of highlife legend, Pat Thomas and Naa Amanua Dodoo of Wulomei, 2018 VGMA Lifetime Achievement award winner, who warmed the stage for the night.
Naa Amanua who started singing at age 10 after receiving her lifetime award was joined by Nana Yaa to perform a fantastic vocal from both artistes.