By Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo
Predominantly, the aftermath of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is inundated with talk of who won what – and the 22nd edition of the awards was no different.
The likes of Diana Hamilton, Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata, Eno Barony and others made significant strides – etching their names in the history books in the just-ended awards.
While others set new record, others equaled already set records and some simply broke records in the 22- year history of the biggest music awards scheme in the country.
The biggest winner for the 22nd edition of the awards was gospel minstrel, Diana Hamilton, who bagged the topmost award on the night, ‘Artiste of the Year’, the second artiste from the gospel fraternity to win it after Joe Mettle in 2017.
She annexed 4 awards; ‘Artiste of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’,’ Gospel Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Gospel Song of the Year’.
She becomes the first female artiste to win the two foremost categories in the 22-year history of the scheme, ‘Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year/Most Popular Song of the Year’ after Daddy Lumba in 2000, Sarkodie in 2012, RBees in 2013 and Shatta Wale in 2014. Others to chalk the same feat are Lord Kenya in 2002, VIP in 2004, Obour in 2005 and Ofori Amponsah in 2006.
She also becomes the first gospel artiste to win the ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’ for 3 consecutive times, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and only the female artiste after Ebony Reigns to win the topmost prize.
The ‘Best Rapper of the Year’ category was introduced in 2010 and no female act has ever won that category.
The inability of any female act to annex it caused some critics to call for a ‘Best Female Rapper’ category to cater to the females but Eno insisted she was better than most of the male rappers.
That talk finally came to fruition when she became the only female act to win the now ‘Best Rap Performance’ category in the last 12 years.
Kuami won the ‘Artiste of the Year’ last year, which was met with some sigh of disapproval from a section of the public. This year, in spite of his impressive work rate, his run in this year’s edition was uncharacteristically quiet. That did not stop him from setting yet another record in this year’s edition.
He won the ‘Highlife Artiste of the Year’ for the 4th consecutive time, an unprecedented feat never chalked in the 22-year history of the awards.
He also won it in 2018, 2019, and 2020 – making him the undisputed ‘King’ of highlife music.
Songwriting is a skill and Kofi Kinaata is almost becoming a perfectionist in that regard.
He set a record of becoming the only artiste to win the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ for 4 times; 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021.
MOG Music is gradually becoming a force when it comes to the ‘Best Male Vocalist’ category.
He equaled Joe Mettle’s record as the only gospel act to win the category 2 consecutive times. Joe won it in 2018 and 2019 and MOG Music has also won t for 2020 and 2021.