It was all thrills and surprises at this year?s edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) as the sensational R2Bees took home the Artiste of the Year Award.
The event, held on Saturday, May 18, was organized by Charter House to reward Ghanaian music icons for their commitment, hard work and dedication in the music career.
R2Bees also walked home with five other awards including High-life Song of the Year, Hiplife Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year and Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year.
As a surprise package, members of R2Bees received a brand new MG Rover vehicle and Samsung Galaxy S4 phones from Vodafone as part of the awards.
It was a night of musical fireworks as some of the awardees and other artistes took turns to dish out splendid acts that got the audience dancing, or simply hiking up their seats for a better view of proceedings.
The event, which attracted a large number of personalities, stakeholders in the music industry and music fans from all walks of life, kicked off with a brilliant performance from Efya.
She set the auditorium into frenzy when she took the stage and treated the audience to an unforgettable performance.
Efya, who kept the audience on their feet throughout her act on stage, dazzled them with her hit songs.
Herty Borngreat, also took the stage and performed her hit song to the delight of the audience.
4?4 thrilled the audience with their good stagecraft and electrified the venue with ?Mokoni?, ?Anadwo Yede? and ?London Bridge?.
Their stagecraft, dynamic movements and general stage charisma got the audience applauding non-stop during their performance.
Manifest who also performed, ?Makaa Maka?, paved way for Amandzeba who performed several hit songs including the popular ?Wogbe?.
He was exceptional, brought back loving memories for the few who were his age, but the many who were in their 20s and 30s, could also not help but danced to the rhythmic highlife tunes. His rendition of ?Wogbe?was just overwhelming.
Akatakyie, who have been out of the music scene for some time now, electrified the ambiance with old hit tunes that moved almost everybody to feet, especially when they did a rendition of their ?Odo Esisi Me?.
Kontihene, who also performed gave out his best as he performed several songs including, ?Esi?, ?Aketesia? and ?Asesa?.
Rapper E.L., also won the heart of the audience when he performed ?Kaalu? backed by some sexy dancers.
The event also witnessed performances from Keche, the King of the Streets; Kwaw Kese, Nigerian music star Banky W, who also brought his sleekness onto the stage. The Nigerian music icon got patrons on their feet. When he dropped his smash hit ?Yes/No?, the crowd couldn?t stop singing along.
The fastest rapper, Sarkodie rocked the stage like never before and his entire performance on stage was simply fantastic.
Sarkodie, who has carved a niche for himself, has been branded as one of the leading Hiplife icons with good stage performances.
R2Bees who stage a brilliant live musical performance rocked the audience to some of their hit tunes. Patrons danced to songs like, ?It?s Alright?, ?Life? and ?Odo?.
All those who had the opportunity to watch all the artistes live on stage would attest to the fact that Ghanaian music icons are ready to take the local music industry to another level.
Full list of winners:
Artiste of the Year
Vodafone Song Of The Year
?Life (Walahi)? ? R2Bees
Best Collaboration Of The Year
?Ka No Seyaa? ? Herty Bongreat & Trigmatic
Hip Hop Song Of The Year
?Makaa Maka? ? Manifest
Hip Life Song Of The Year
?Life (Walahi)? ? R2Bees
Gospel Artiste Of The Year
Afro Pop Song Of The Year
?Antenna? ? Fuse ODG
Hip Life/Hip Hop Artiste Of The Year
Gospel Song Of The Year
?Zaphanat Panea? ? Nicholas Omane Acheampong
African Artiste Of The Year
Best Group Of The Year
Highlife Song Of The Year
?Odo? ? R2Bees
Highlife Artiste Of The Year
New Artiste Of The Year
Reggae Dance Hall Song Of The Year
?Toffee Pon Tongue? ? Kaakie
Album Of The Year
?Something Else? ? E.L.
Gospel Album Of The Year
?Mercy Project? ? Cwesi Oteng
Best Male Vocal Performance
Knii Lante ? ?House Of Pain?
Best Female Vocal Performance
Efya ? ?Best In Me?
Song Writer Of The Year
Kwame Nsiah Apau ? ?Sika?
Record Of The Year
?Best In Me? ? Efya
Manifest ? ?Makaa Maka?
Producer Of The Year
By George Clifford Owusu