VGMA2018: EBONY LIVES ON!! ‘Ebony Reigns’ wins the Artiste of the Year


Late Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns known in real life as Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng took home at the ultimate at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards.

She beat Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and 2017 Artiste of the Year winner, Joe Mettle to be adjudged the best artiste in Ghana.

Ebony is the first female to win the award and the first to win the award posthumously.

She won ‘Artiste of the Year’ and two other awards – ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Afro Pop sonng of the Year.’

Her award was received on her behalf by her former manager, Bullet and parents, Nana Poku Kwarteng and Madam Beatrice Oppong.

Joe Mettle, who also made history last year by being the first gospel artiste to win the Artiste of the Year award, walked home with three awards.

He won ‘Gospel Song of the Year’ with ‘Bo Noo Ni’, ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Best Male Vocalist of the Year’.

Rapper Sarkodie won ‘Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Rapper of the Year’. The pride of the North, Fancy Gadam’s ‘Total Cheat’, which features rapper Sarkodie, was adjudged ‘Hiplife Song of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’.

Talented singer Kuami Eugene won ‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Best New Artiste of the Year’ awards.

The 19th edition of the Ghana Music Awards was held at the Accra International Conference Center.

Sarkodie, Samini, Stonebwoy, Tiwa Savage, Kwesi Arthur, Joe Mettle, King Promise, Kidi and Fancy Gadam were some of the performers on Ghana’s biggest music night.

The theme for the 19th edition of the event was “Our Music Beyond Borders” –  to inspire Ghanaian artistes and music industry players to aspire toward making strong influences globally with their music and artistry.

It was hosted by Berla Mundi and John Dumelo.


Here is the full the list of winners:

Special Awards

Traditional Artiste(s) of the Year – Amamre Folks, Music and Dance Ensemble

Instrumentalist of the Year – Dominic Quarshie

Life Achievement award – Naa Amanua Dodoo

Other Awards

Gospel Song of the Year

Boot for Boot – Joyce Blessing

Obi Nyanime -Patience Nyarko

Bo Noo Ni – Joe Mettle – Winner

Efatawo – Nancee

Adom – Gifty Osei

Jehovah – Ceccy Twum

Hiphop Song of the Year

State of the Art – Teephlow

Light it up – Sarkodie

Grind Day Remix – Kwesi Authur – Winner

Pen and Paper – Ko-jo Cue & Shaker

Dear God – B4bonah

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

Until of Dawn – Efya

My Own (Samini) – Winner

My Name – Stonebwoy

Faya Burn Dem – Article Wan

Rewind – Mzvee

Dem Confuse – Shatta Wale

Hiplife Song of the Year

Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam Ft. Sarkodie – Winner

Boys Boys – Nacee Ft. Guru

Pain Killer – Sarkodie Ft. Runtown

Obi Agyi obi Girl- Captain Planet ft Kofi Kinaata

Ayoo – Shatta Wale

One Corner – Patapaa Ft. Ras Cann

Afro pop Song of the Year

Ebony – Sponsor – Winner

Makoma – Adina

Oh Yeah – King Promise

Say You Love Me – Kidi

Sing My Name – Mzvee

Jennifer Lomotey – Kurl Songx

Stonebwoy – Come from far

Highlife Song of the Year

Dream- Kumi Guitar

Bronya – Wutah

Odo – Kidi – Winner

Angela – Kuami Eugene

Ladder – Lil Win

Gospel Artiste of the Year

Patience Nyarko

Joyce Blessing

Joe Mettle – Winner

Celestine Donkor

Gifty Osei


Highlife Artiste of the Year



Kuami Eugene – Winner


Hiplife/Hip pop artiste of the year

Yaa pono


Captain Planet

Kwesi Arthur

Sarkodie – Winner


Songwriter of the Year

Kumi Guitar – Dream

Joe Mettle- bo noo ni

Bullet – Maame Hwe – Winner

Kofi Kinaata – Last Show

Samini – My own

Stonebwoy – My Name

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year>



Shatta Wale

Stonebwoy – Winner

Best collaboration of the year

Joe Mettle Ft. Luigi Maclean – Bo noo ni

MzVee Ft. Patoranking – Sing my name remix

Kurl Songx Ft. Sarkodie – Jennifer Lomotey

Sarkodie Ft. Runtown – Pain Killer

Shatta Wale Ft. SM Militants – Taking Over – Winner

Captain Planet Ft. Kofi Kinaata – Obi Agyi Obi Girl

Becca Ft. Patoranking – Na Wash

Best Rapper of the Year
Eno Barony – Fear no man

Teephlow – Phlowducation

Sarkodie – Light it up – Winner

Lil Shaker – Pen & Paper

Ko-jo Cue – Pen & Paper

Strongman – Transformer

Best Group of the year



Wutah – Winner

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) – Winner

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

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle – Bo noo ni – Winner

King Promise – Selfish

Kidi – Odo

Kuami Eugene – Angela

Mugeez – Over

Samini – My own

Best African artiste of the year

Davido – Winner



Cassper Nyovest

Nasty C

Tiwa Savage


Record of the Year

Kumi Guitar- Dream

Samini – My own

Sarkodie – Glory

Teephlow – State of the Art – Winner

Best New Artiste of the year

King Promise

Kurl Songx


Kuami Eugene – Winner


Kwesi Arthur


Song of the Year

Sponsor – Ebony

Odo – Kidi

Angela – Kuami Eugene

Taking Over – Shatta Wale Ft. SM Millitants

Total Cheat – Fancy Gadam Ft. Sarkodie – Winner

One Corner – Patapaa Ft. Rad Cann

Bo Noo Nii – Joe Mettle Ft. Luigi Maclean

Obi Agyi Obi Girl – Captain Planet Ft. Kofi Kinaata.

My Baby – Magnom ft Joey B

Oh Yeah – King Promise

Pain Killer – Sarkodie Ft. Runtown

Album of the Year

Epistles of Mama – Stonebwoy

Daavi – MzVee

Bonified – Ebony – Winner

Highest – Sarkodie

Artistes of the Year

Joe Mettle

Ebony – Winner

Shatta Wale




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