My dear followers, Readers and Critics, yours truly AccraConsciousForever is here again with yet another weekend fila-gossip-cum-news for y'all music lovers and fans.
The Annual MTN Ghana Music Awards was held on a grand scale last night at the Dome of the Accra Conference Centre to a capacity of over 6,000 music lovers. I guess, it was the 10th edition. The night for the Ghanaian Music industry saw Okyeame Kwame of "Woso" fame winning the big one, the Artiste of the Year. Well, there are more shocks and surprises as well.
In, what many analysts and pro's of the industry described as the most competitive year for the GMA's, favourites Okyeame Kwame, Praye and Christiana Love were the top winners on the night filled with excitement, cheers and some few surprises.
Kojo Antwi won the Artist of the Decade; Obour also won a World Bank sponsored category dubbed Best Music for Development for his campaign on Road safety which I believe you all will agree did help in the mass education on safety on our roads; and the late Micheal Dwamena winning a posthumous award for Nest Contemporary Highlife Song of the Year with his hit song, 'Ngozi' were the main highlights of the night.
The 2009 Ghana Music Awards also boasted of performance across the past decade. Among the performers on the night were Cindy Thompson, Pat Thomas, Kwabena Kwabena, Akyeame/Okyeame Kwame, Lord Kenya, Irene, Asem, Tinny, Josh Laryea, Sway, D'banj [kokomaster], Ikwechuku of "whine am well" fame and a Praye.
The trio did the "Angelina" song which shooked the whole stage with the introduction of their big-boobs female dance. See photo below..
The shock and surprises finally here...
Wanlov Kubolor got nominated in most of the categories but he didn't win any award at all. At the later part of the show, I happen to chance on him just at the entrance of the Dome, arguing with a GMA attendee. The reason was, Wanlov claims to be more African than any of the artistes who sings about Africa but the dude said, he didn't understand, why Wanlov was bare-footed claiming all African and yet, he's got a dark-sunglasses on @ 0235gmt. Is the sunglasses too African? Lol.
In my opinion, I believe the Discovery Of The Year Ward should have gone to R2Bees instead of Asem. The guys came in the later part of the season and took everybody by surprise with their hit single, "I Dey Mad Ooo". Its currently a household song that every kid can sing to if been played on the airwaves.
I'm going to have a poll about this. Kindly feel free and express hyout thoughts on this particular subject.
The GMAs was hosted by Obour, Batman Samini and Dentaa under the theme, “IT'S A BIG DEAL!"
Complete list of winners is below;
Gospel song of the year – Me Ma Mewere Firi by Christina Love
Gospel Artistes of the year – Christina Love
Contemporary highlife song of the year- Ngozi by Michael Dwamena
Hiplife song of the year – Mercy Lokko by C-zar
Hip-hop song of the year – Woso by Okyeame Kwame
Afro-pop Song of the year – "Angelina" by Praye
Hiplife/hiplife artiste of the year – Okyeame Kwame
Best Reggae song of the year- Change your constitution by Chizzy Waler
Instrumentalist of the year – Ackah Blay
Merit Award – Paapa Yankson
Traditional Artist of the year – Hewale Sounds
Best Collaboration – Adea Akye bia by Christiana Love and Kweku Gyasi
Contemporary highlife artist of the year – Kwabena Kwabena
Songwriter of the year - Bernice Offei for 'Life'
Best Video of the year – Woso directed by Abraham Ohene Djan
African Artist of the year – D'banj
Producer of the Year –Richie Mensah
Best female vocal performance- Bernice offei
Best Male Vocal performance – OJ
Record label of the year – Lynx Entertainment
Best Music for development – Road safety song by Obuor
Album of the year – Roll Kall by Praye
Record of the year – Emere by Josh Laryea
Discovery of the year – Asem
Song of the Year – Angelina
Artist of the decade – Kojo Antwi
and finally, the Big one....
Artist of the Year- Okyeame Kwame