Glitz and glamour will be the hallmark of the annual 2018 VGMAs scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at the Accra International Conference Center. News in Ghana report that it will be 19th edition of the event with the theme ‘Our Music beyond Borders.”
The VGMAs is one of the most prestigious events in the music industry that aims to honor, reward and identify key players for their outstanding works in the music year 2017/2018. Many have taunted it as the ‘Grammy’s’ of Ghana. We reflect on some of the awards that have been held in the 18 years organized by Charterhouse Ghana whose reign may come to an end.
- Retention Artiste of the Year Award
The award is currently held by Joe Mettle who also broke the record for becoming the first Gospel musician to take home the award. It seems like history will repeat itself this year as he is also in the nomination list for the award. If Joe Mettle wins the award again, he will also hold the record of first artiste to retain the award.
- First posthumous winner
This is a new category introduced at the 2018 VGMAs. In the history of the event, there has not been a posthumous awardee. The favorite for the nominations will be the late Ebony Reigns who died in a tragic accident. This will add to her sixth nomination at the event.
- First Female Artiste of the Year
Gender inclusivity has become part of the award scheme as this year saw the opening of the award. The women in the music industry have really leveled the playing field to battle it out with their male counterparts.
All eyes will be on the late Ebony Reigns, who despite her death has really elevated the female musicians in the country. Despite other deserving female artistes nominated for the award, it will be a no-brainer that the late star will take home the first ever female award at the 2018 VGMAs.
- Most Awards won in a night
Stakes are running high to see who will break the record set by Highlife stalwart Ofori Amponsah in 2005 when he took home seven awards at the VGMAs. All eyes will be on veteran rapper Sarkodie to break the streak with nine nominations in different categories. All he has to do is add one more honor to beat the record.
- Artiste of the Year awards
Ever since the debut of the award at the VGMAs, only two artists have had the privilege to take home the award two times in a row. It will be multi-talented artist VIP who rebranded to VVIP who took the award in 2004 and 2011 versus rapper Sarkodie who bagged the award in 2010 and 2012. It will be interesting to see who of the two acts will be crowned three time winner of the award.