Stonebwoy beats them all at VGMA 2015

Stonebwoy beats them all at VGMA 2015

Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, beat competition from some of the country’s biggest names on the scene  to be crowned  the Artiste of the Year at the 2015 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards that came off last Saturday.

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Hundreds of people defied torrential rain on the night to attend the awards event held at the Accra International Conference Centre and hosted by Nathaniel Attoh and Joselyn Dumas. 

Although the ceremony started about one hour later than the advertised time, the red carpet segment, which for the first time was extended all the way to the main entrance, was very interesting. 

The winner of the Best Vocal Female Vocal Performance, Wiyaala, opened the event with a very energetic performance which set the mood for the night. 

Gospel artistes, Sonnie Badu and Christian of Vodafone Icons fame, were next with a performance of their new single, Otega, which was followed by performances by No Tribe and Edem. 

Alternative rock band, Dark Suburb, got the audience talking with performances of their songs, Feel You Die and Who Dey Craze. Although the audience were not entirely familiar with their songs, the stagecraft and mystic surrounding the group was enough to draw the attention of the audience. 

New kids on the block, Pappy Kojo and Joey B, were expected to blow the audience away with their songs Realer No and Wave, however their performance fell short of expectation. 

Although they tried their best, they could not get the audience to interact with them during their time on stage. 

 The appearance of Tinny and Tic Tac on stage reignited the crowd and within a short time, the entire auditorium was singing along to some old but memorable hiplife tunes. 

Although they were not publicised to perform, they both showed that they had not lost their touch. 

 Nigerian stars, Patoranking together with Seyi Shay and Yemi Alade gave a good account of themselves as their performances were well received by the audience. 

Samini came on later in the night together with Kofi Kinatta and thrilled the audience with songs such as Isoki, Normal Play among others. 

The BhimNation star, Stonebwoy received two other awards on the night, including, Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year, for his song Baafira, and the Reggae/ Dancehall Artistes of the Year.  Stonebwoy alongside Sarkodie and Edem were the biggest artiste of the night, taking home three awards each. 

Sarkodie was awarded the Hip-life/Hip-hop Artiste Of The Year, Best Collaboration Of The Year for Adonai, which featured Castro and also won the Vodafone Song Of The Year award as well

Edem on his part, was awarded Best Album Of The Year, for his album Books n Ryhmes, Afropop Song of the Year for Koene and The Best Music Video for his music video, The One, directed by Gio of Famous Films.

For the first time in the history of the awards, the Gospel Artiste of the Year award, which went to No Tribe, came with the prize of a Kantanka vehicle manufactured by Kristo Asafo.

Other artistes who emerged victorious on the night were Daddy Lumba who won the awards for Highlife Artiste Of The Year and Highlife Song Of The Year for his hit song, Ne3 Woho B3to Wo.  

EL won the award for the Best Rapper, VVIP won the Best Group Award, Patoranking was announced as the winner for the Best African Artiste, Joe Mettle emerged as the Best Male Vocalist while the Best Gospel Song Award went to Selina Boateng for Alpha and Omega, which featured Uncle Ato.

Below is a list of the award winners in the various categories

Artiste of the Year:                     Stonebwoy

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Best New Artiste:                       MsVee        

Popular Song:                           Adonai by Sarkodie feat. Castro 

Best Album:                              Books and Rhymes by Edem

Best Music Video                     The one by Edem. Directed by GYO Gyimah

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Best Group                              VVIP (Selfie)

Best Collaboration:                 Adonai by Sarkodie feat. Castro 

Best Rapper:                           EL         

Male Vocal Performer             Joe Mettle (Turning Around)

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Female Vocal Performer:        Wiyaala 

African Artiste:                        Patoranking (Nigeria)

Reggae Dancehall Artiste:     Stonebwoy

Hippop/ Hiplife Artiste:           Sarkodie

Highlife Artiste:                      Daddy Lumba

Gospel Artiste:                      No Tribe (They received a Kantanka vehicle as their prize)

Hip life song:                         Seihor by Castro feat. D-Black

Hip pop Song:                       Realer no by Pappy Kojo

Afro Pop Song:                     Edem feat. Lil Shaker and Ice Queen

Reggae Dancehall:              Baafira by Stonebwoy feat. Sarkodie

Highlife Song:                      Yentie Obiaa by Daddy Lumba

Gospel Song:                      Alpha and Omega by Selina Boateng feat. Uncle Ato

Watch the red carpet interviews from the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) in the video below: 

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