The first edition of Ghana Music Awards-UK took place successfully on Saturday, Nov 5 at the Gaumont Palace (Dominion Center).
The ceremony was hosted by Kweku Owusu-Frimpong, DJ Abrante and Confidence Haugen and as well Hot FM’s DJ Billy was the man in charge of the turntables.
The likes of Castro, Dasebre Gyamena were more or less celebrated on the night as their contributions were made known to the public in a form of a documentary and yes, the story of Hiplife was told by the legendary Mark Okraku-Mantey.
Samini, Stonebwoy, Rev Osei Kofi, Slim Busterr, Duke of D2, others performed on the night.
Freddie Annan and Gyedu Blay-Ambulley were given lifetime achievement award on the night.
Few reservations though, the show lacked star quality; lots of the award-winners were absent, co-ordination between the Mcs very terrible, sound was bad, the playback not playing and more
Here is the full list of the winners
UK Based newcomer – Eugy Official
Best Music Video – Mr. Eazi – Anointing
New artiste of the year – Kofi Kinaata
Best UK Based Music Video – New girl by Reggie n Bollie
Best UK Based Gospel song – Amazing God – Sonnie Badu
Gospel Song of the Year – Hour by Hour – SP Kofi Sarpong
Best Club DJ of the Year – Dj Fiifi
Best UK Based Gospel Artiste – Sonnie Badu
Gospel Artiste of the Year – SP Kofi Sarpong
Best Collaboration of the Year – Jupitar ft. Sarkodie – Enemies
Lifetime Achievement UK – Freddie Annan
Lifetime Achievement GH – Gyedu Blay Ambulley
Best UK Based Group of the year – Kwamz and Flava
UK Based Ghanaian Int. Act – Fuse ODG
UK Based Afrobeat Artiste – Jaij Hollands
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year Go Higher – Stonebwoy
Highlife Song of the Year – Mansa- Bisa Kdei
Afrobeat Artiste of the Year – Mr. Eazi
Highlife Artiste of the year – Bisa Kdei
Reggae/Dancehall artiste – Shatta Wale
Hiplife song of the y ear – Koko -EL
Album of the year – Necessary Evil -Stonebwoy
Song of the year – Kakai – Shatta Wale
Producer of the year – Chop Kiss Da Maker
Best Rapper of the year – Sarkodie
Artiste of the year – Shatta Wale
Who wins Ghana Music Awards ‘Unsung Category’
This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Unsung Category promises to be the most exciting edition yet, as Closeup toothpaste, the iconic youth brand, partners Charterhouse to provide a more rewarding and exciting experience for underground acts seeking to break into mainstream music.
This great news was first revealed at the nominees’ announcement party, where the six finalists of the unsung category were unveiled. According to the Unilever Closeup Brand Team, “for years, Closeup has been giving people the confidence to get closer.
This year, the brand is giving young and upcoming artistes the chance to break barriers that hold them back and get closer to their dreams of making it big in showbiz. The Unsung category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is a natural platform for us to achieve this. So with this partnership, Closeup is essentially giving young people a chance to break the barrier into main stream music.
According to Charterhouse, this partnership is greatly desired as it will enable a richer experience for participants. The Unsung acts will have the unique opportunity to put up their best acts before a 10,000+ audience at the Nominees Jam, to win public votes. This will show live on TV3, Ghana Music Awards facebook page, and the Closeup facebook page.
The winner will have a performance slot at music’s biggest night, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards night, showing live on TV3 in Ghana, across Africa on DSTV, and across the world on social media live. For the first time ever in the history of the award, the Unsung category will receive a special Awards Plaque sponsored by Closeup, and a performance slot on Closeup music activation platforms.
It is no surprise that the Unsung Category of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is catching the eye of corporate Ghana. The success stories of past winners is a testimonial to the program’s relevance, and its ability to help underground acts break the barrier into main stream music.
MzVee won the 1st edition with an exceptional performance; Dark Suburb won the 2nd edition by selling their uniqueness; Adomaa won the 3rd edition fighting equally talented artistes; and Kuami Eugene won the 4th edition with dexterity. Clearly these names have broken the barrier into main stream music, and soon, a new act will join the Unsung hall of fame.
So who amongst the six talented and ambitious nominees will win the number 1 spot? Will it be Kelvin Boy with his dancehall stamp? Dope Nation with their urban rap swag? Dhat Gyal with her Afro Pop appeal? Royal Chris with his anointed gospel tunes? Real MC with his locally blended hip-hop swag? Or O’Bkay with his contemporary rap feel? These nominees are literally one step away from breaking the barrier into main stream, and come Friday the 23rd of March at the Jubliee Park in Cape Coast, each artiste will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate to Ghanaians why he/she deserves a spot on Ghana’s most coveted music platform. Till then, the one question worthy of asking, is who will be number 1?
As always, the public has a say in pushing the right talent through. The public is thus encouraged to have their say by voting for the best Unsung Act by visiting their social media pages, Charterhouse media pages, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages for instructions. The public is also notified about live event shows on Closeup, Charterhouse, and Ghana Music Awards social media pages.
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