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Sarkodie rules 2012 VGMA as his mum dances Azonto!

The night of fashion, excitement, shockers and very few blunders also saw Sarkodie bagging the awards for Rapper of the Year and Song of the Year for his hugely popular, ‘U Go Kill Me’ featuring E.L. This brings his tally of Ghana Music Awards to 8 within the span of his young career.

Perhaps the biggest shocker of the night was Kwame Adinkra, winning the Record of the Year with ‘Akua Dansoa’ featuring Kwabena Kwabena, simply for the fact that the song isn’t well known to majority of Ghanaians. Increasing, the Record of the Year category seems to be a token award for the ‘underdogs’ and perhaps that needs reviewing. The biggest blunder of the night had to be Appietus attacking Charter House live on stage after there was a technical hitch in announcing the Hiplife/Hiphop Artist of the Year, which was presented by the ace producer.

The over 4 hour long ceremony saw an opening performance from Cwasi Oteng with a surprise appearance from rapper-turned-pastor, Lord Kenya. There were also performances by Efya and Sarkodie, Ben Brako and Yaa Pono, Guru, Buk Bak, 4X4, Nigeria’s Chocolate City boys (M.I, Brymo, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince), Carbo Snoop from Angola and HHP from South Africa. The rest were Kaakie, Stonebwoy, Gifty Osei, Kwaw Kesse, Edem and EL.
Headline sponsors, Vodafone Ghana’s Chief Marketing Director, Uche Ofodile, thrilled with the turnout commented: “Music is a universal language that is an integral part of the development and growth of our society. It is because of this that the Vodafone brand has a strong global association with music, and particularly the celebration of music. Our commitment to creating an enabling environment for the growth of music is unquestionable – we’ve done it in other countries and we’ll do it in Ghana.”

The industry awards were announced at a separate ceremony earlier in the week. Here is the fill list of winners for the 2012 VGMA:

Artiste(s) of the Year

Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste (s) of the Year
Kwaw Kese

Highlife Artiste (s) of the Year
Kwabena Kwabena

Gospel Artiste (s) of the Year
Gifty Osei

Best New Artiste (s) of the Year
Stay Jay

Best Collaboration of the Year
Okyeame Kwame/Bertha – Faithful

African Artiste (s) of the Year (Non Ghanaian)
Ice Prince

Hiplife Song of the Year
D-Cryme – Kill Me Shy

Highlife Song of the Year
Kwabena Maphia – I Go Pay

Most Popular Song of the Year
Sarkodie – U go Kill Me

Afro-Pop Song of the Year
Zigi – You Say Wetin

Hiphop Song of the Year
Kwaw Kese – Poppin

Gospel Song of the Year
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho

Reggae Song of the Year
Blakk Rasta – Miss Right

Group of the Year

Album of the Year
4×4 – Waist and Power

Best Male Vocal Artiste
Kesse – Oh Yes

Best Female Vocal Artiste
Efya – I’m In Love With You

Best Music Video of the Year
Becca – African Woman (Davis Media Group)

Best Rapper of the Year
Sarkodie – U go Kill Me

Song Writer of the Year
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful

Record of the Year
Kwame Adinkra – Akua Dansoa

Gospel Album of the Year
Gifty Osei – Fefeefe