The biggest names in Ghanaian and African music have gathered at the new dome of the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) for the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
The night will see several artistes and producers receive honours for the work over the past year.
Two of the keenly contested categories this year are ‘Artiste of the Year’ and the ‘Artiste of the Decade’.King Promise, Kuami Eugene, Joe Mettle, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, and Stonebwoy are vying for the ‘Artiste of the Year’ while R2Bees, Sarkodie, Joe Mettle, No Tribe & Nacee, Shatta Wale, Okyeame Kwame, Stonebwoy, Samini, Efya, and Becca will battle for the ‘Artiste of the Decade’.
Follow the event live below:
The 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards opens with a performance of the new theme song of the awards – ‘Our Music Lives’. The song was performed by Amandzeba, Adina, Akwaboah Jnr, Gifty Osei and Teephlow.
Award-winning DJ, DJ Black warms the venue with some throwback songs and ushers in one of the hosts for the night, Kwame Sefa Kayi.
A documentary on the history of the awards was played after which he introduces Berla Mundi as the co-host of the awards.
– Auditing firm KPMG of international repute presents the results of the various categories to the hosts.
– Nana Ansah Kwao IV presents the award for ‘Traditional Artiste of the Year’ to Kwan pa.
– He also presented the ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ award to Mr Okyere.
– Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway presents the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ awards to Dr Rev Mrs Mary Ghansah, Obuoba J.A. Adofo and Prof Kofi Abraham.
– Kula, ‘Unsung Artiste of the Year’, mounts the stage to perform. Kula receives his ‘Unsung Artiste of the Year’ award after his performance.
– ‘Artiste of the Decade’ nominee, Efya mounts the stage and took the auditorium to church! Dressed in beautiful white apparel, the singer delivers a power gospel song.
– ‘Soca Queen’ from Barbados, Alison Hinds takes the stage to perform some of her hit songs including ‘Roll It Gal’.
– Nacee and Claudia Lumor, CEO of Glitz Africa, present ‘Gospel Song of the Year’ award to Diana Hamilton for ‘Mo Ne Yo’.
– John Dumelo presents the award for ‘Highlife Song of the Year’ to Shatta Wale for ‘My Level’.
– Lydia Forson presents the award for ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’ to Shatta Wale for ‘Gringo’.