23rd VGMA: KiDi finally wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ …Fameye dethrones Kinaata as Songwriter of the Year

Black Sherif (r) receiving his award

After narrowly missing out on the ‘Artiste of the Year’ award to Diana Hamilton at the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Afrobeats star KiDi has finally gotten his recognition. The Lynx Entertainment artiste was adjudged the artiste of the year under the year in review and he didn’t let the heartache from last year’s near-miss go. Accepting his award on the night, KiDi said “delay is not denial, Glory be to God. I want to thank MTN hitmaker for introducing me to Ghana. To the media, my fans, my friends, to my big boy Zane, to my mother, Ghana thank you so much.”

Sefa performs to the crowd

KiDi beat stiff competition from Black Sherif, King Promise, Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie and Joe Mettle to emerge winner.

His popular hit song ‘Touch It’ also won him the Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year, Vodafone Most Popular Song (Touch It).

He also walked away with the Album of the Year (The Golden Boy) and the Afrobeats Artiste of the Year.

In another category, Fameye has dethroned Kofi Kinaata as the best songwriter in Ghana at the 23rd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

King Promise performing

Fameye won the coveted Songwriter of the Year award ahead of Kinaata, the award winner for each of the past four years.

Kinaata’s reign finally came to an end courtesy of Fameye’s strong year musically with songs such as Praise.

Meanwhile, Black Sherif also took home the Best New Artiste award and the Hip-hop Song of the Year award as well.

Joe Mettle also took home the Gospel Artiste of the Year award. Kofi Kinaata won the Highlife Song of the Year award with Thy Grace.

Stonebuoy wins dancehall artist

Gambo won the ‘Unsung Act of The Year’ by beating competition from Bryan The Mensah, Nautyca, Ama Nova, King Maaga, Vanilla, Rcee, Chief One, Roy X Taylor and ShugaLord to claim the spot. Gambo, though controversial sometimes, is fast becoming one of the most loved emerging acts in Ghana.


Full list of winners below:

Artiste of the Year – KiDi

Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year – Touch It (KiDi)

Album/EP of the Year – (Golden Boy) KiDi

Best New Artiste – Black Sherif

D Black

Record of the Year – Sad Gurlz Luv Money (Amaarae)

Audio Engineer of the Year – Chris V. Rootselaar and Jaap Wiewel

Best Rap Performance of the Year – Lyrical Joe

Reggae Dancehall Artiste – Stonebwoy

Afropop/Afrobeat Artiste – KiDi

Afrobeats Song of the Year – Sefa


Collaboration of the Year – Enjoyment Minister (D Black)

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Touch It (KiDi)

Afropop Song of the Year – Praise (Fameye)

Best Highlife Artiste of the Year – Akwaboah

Highlife Song of the Year – Thy Grace Part 1 (Kofi Kinaata)

Gospel Artiste of the Year – Joe Mettle

International Collaboration of the Year – Forever Remix (Gyakie)

Hip hop Song of the Year – Second Sermon (Black Sherif)

Kofi Kinata acknowledges his award

Hiplife Song of the Year – Yeeko (Okyeame Kwame)

Hip hop/Hiplife Artiste of the Year – Sarkodie

Gospel Song of the Year – Ote Me Mu (Ohemaa Mercy)

African Artiste of the Year – Wizkid

Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz

Music for Good – Greedy Men (Stonebwoy)

Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi

Music Video of the Year – Bosom PYung – Nyinya

Songwriter of the Year – Fameye (Praise)

Male Vocal Performance – Kwaisey Pee (Amazing God)

Female Vocal Performance – Niella (Where You Are)

Traditional Artiste – Nii Tettey Tetteh

Vodafone Green Award – Stonebwoy

Industry Awards;

Traditional Artiste of the Year (Non-voting Category) – Nii Tettey Tetteh

Instrumentalist of the Year – Joshua Moszi

Male Vocal Performance of the Year – Amazing God by Kwaisey Pee

Female Vocal Performance of the Year – Where You Are by Niella

Songwriter of the Year – Praise by Fameye

Best Video of the Year – Nyinya by Bosom PYung

Producer of the Year – MOGBeatz

African Artist of the Year – WizKid

Lifetime Achievement Award – Agya Koo Nimoh

Unsung Artiste of the Year – Gambo

Music for Good – Greedy Men by Stonebwoy



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