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Full List of Nominees unveiled for 2018 VGMA

Full List of Nominees unveiled for 2018 VGMA 2Arguably the biggest music festival in Ghana, the 19th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) will once again recognize and reward the hard work of artistes in the continent.

The main event slated to come off on April 14 this year at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), the spot for all the yaah-nay-and boo chants come Saturday on the slated date. Followed by an after-event celebration at Tema, Saturday, April 28.

Ahead of the main event, a nominees jam is also slated to come off this year at Cape Cost on Saturday, March 24.

This year proves a point in the growth of the Ghanaian music awards scheme as dancehall artiste Shatta Wale makes a grand return to the VGMAs.

While Shatta Wale battles for Reggae/Dancehall artiste of the Year award with Stonebwoy, Ebony (late) and MzVee, rapper Sarkodie, fast-rising acts Teephlow and Kumi Guitar among others have all booked their slots on their 19th edition of the VGMAs nominees list.

Check out the full nominations list below.

Artiste of the Year

Joe Mettle



Shatta Wale


Gospel  of   the Year

Boot for Boot – Joyce Blessing

Obi Nyanime – Patience Nyarko

Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle

Efatawo – Nancee

Adom – Gifty Osei

Jehovah – Ceccy Twum

Highlife  Song of  the  Year

Dream- Kumi Guitar

Bronya – Wutah

Odo – Kidi

Angela – Kuami Eugene

Ladder – Lil Win

Over – R2bees

Hustle – Ebony

Hiplife  of the Year

Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam Ft. Sarkodie

Boys Boys – Nancee Ft. Guru

Pain Killer – Sarkodie Ft. Runtown

Obi Agyi obi Girl-

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

One Corner – Patapaa Ft. Ras Cann

Hiphop  Song of the Year

State of the Art – Teephlow

Light it up – Sarkodie

Grind Day Remix – Kwesi

Pen and Paper – Ko-jo Cue & Shaker

Dear God – B4bonah

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

Until of Dawn – Efya

My Own – Samini

Faya Burn Dem – Article Wan

Rewind – Mzvee

Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale

Afro pop Song of the Year

Makoma – Adina

Oh Yeah – King Promise

Say You Love Me – Kidi

Sing My Name – Mzvee

Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx

Sponsor – Ebony

My Baby – Magnon

Come From Afar – Stonebwoy

Gospel  Artiste of the Year

Patience Nyarko

Joyce Blessing

Joe Mettle

Celestine Donkor

Gifty Osei


Highlife Artiste of the Year



Kuami Eugene


Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year



Shatta Wale


Songwriter of the Year

Kumi Guitar – Dream

Joe Mettle- bo noo ni

Bullet – Maame Hwe

Kofi Kinaata – Last Show

Samini – My own

Stonebwoy – My Name

Record of the Year

Kumi Guitar- Dream

Samini – My own

Sarkodie – Glory

Teephlow – State of the Art

Best Music Video of the Year

Kumi Guitar- Dream (Directed by Abass)

King Promise – Selfish ( Directed by Vertex)

B4bonah – My Girl (Directed by Nicol-Sey)

Opanka – Wedding Car (Directed by Bra Shizzle)

Captain Planet – Obi Agyi Obi (Directed by Phamous Films)

Lil Shaker & Ko-jo-Cue – Pen & Paper (Directed by Ekumodzi)

Hiplife/Hip pop artiste of the year

Yaa pono


Captain Planet

Kwesi Arthur



Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle – Bo noo ni

King Promise – Selfish

Kidi – Odo

Kuami Eugene – Angela

Mugeez – Over

Samini – My own.

Best Female Vocalist of the year

Adina – Makoma

Nana Yaa – Don’t leave alone

Efya – Love

Mzvee – Bright light

Becca – Summye (Pillow)

Best Group of the year




Best Rapper of the year

Eno Barony – Fear No Man

Teephlow – Phlowducation

Sarkodie -Light It Up

Shaker – Pen & Paper

Ko-jo Cue – Pen & Paper

Strongman -Transformer

Best collaboration of the year

Joe Mettle – Bo Noo Ni ft Luigi Maclean
MzVee – Sign My Name (Rmx) ft Patoranking
Kurl Songx – Jennifer Lomotey ft Sarkodie
Sarkodie – Pain Killer ft Runtown
Shatta Wale – Taking Over ft SM Militants
Captain Planet – Ob Agye obi Girl ft Kofi Kinaata
Becca – Na Wash ft Patoranking

African Artiste of the year

Cassper Nyovest
Nasty C
Tiwa Savage

Best New Artiste of the year

King Promise
Kurl Songx
Kuami Eugene
Kwesi Arthur

Song of the YearFull List of Nominees unveiled for 2018 VGMA


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