After winning 3Music’s Artiste of the Year award earlier in the year, Kidi has been adjudged Artiste of the Year at the 23rd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
The “Touch it” hitmaker beat off competition from King Promise, Sarkodie, Joe Mettle, Kuami Eugene, and Black Sherif to win the topmost award on Ghana’s biggest musical night.
Kidi also won four awards on the night, including Most Popular Song of the Year, Album/EP of the Year (Golden Boy), Best Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, and Best Afropop/Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.
Black Sherif, who has had a tremendous start to his music career, won the Best New Artiste of the Year and the Best Hiphop Song of the Year with his “Second Sermon” groundbreaking single.
Stonebwoy who was making a return to the awards scheme after a two-year absence, grabbed the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year, Music for Good and the Vodafone Green Award.
The Best Highlife Artiste of the Year award went to Akwaboah, while the Highlife Song of the Year award was won by Kofi Kinaata (Thy Grace).
Joe Mettle who won the 2017 VGMA Artiste of the Year, was adjudged the Best Gospel Artiste at this year’s awards ceremony, while Ohemaa Mercy’s “Ote Me Mu” won the Best Gospel Song of the Year.
The two-day awards gala witnessed some historic musical performances from Stonebwoy, Kidi, Mr Drew, Sefa, Camidoh, Amerado, Black Sherif, Wendy Shay, Obrafour, D Black, Samini, Kelvynboy, among many others.
Full list of award winners:
Most Popular Song of the Year – Kidi
Album/EP of the Year – Kidi (Golden Boy)
Best Afropop/Afrobeats Artiste of the Year -Kidi
Best New Artiste – Black Sherif
Best Hiphop Song of the Year – Black Sherif (Second Sermon)
Record of the Year – Amaarae ft Molly
Best Afrobeat Song – Sefa (E Choke)
Best Highlife Song – Kofi Kinaata (Thy Grace)
Best International Collaboration – Gyakie (Forever Remix) ft Omah Lay
Best Hiplife Song – Okyeame Kwame (Yeeko)
Best Rap Performance – Lyrical Joe
Best Collaboration of the Year – D Black (Enjoyment Minister)
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Kidi (Touch It)
Vodafone Green Award – Stonebwoy
Music for Good – Stonebwoy
Traditional Artiste of the Year (Non-voting Category) – Nii Tettey Tetteh
Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi
Male Vocal Performance of the Year – Amazing God by Kwaisey Pee
Female Vocal Performance of the Year – Where You Are by Niella
Songwriter of the Year – Praise by Fameye
Best Video of the Year – Nyinya by Bosom PYung
Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz
African Artist of the Year – WizKid
Lifetime Achievement Award – Agya Koo Nimoh
Unsung Artiste of the Year – Gambo