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Music of Monday, 2 March 2020


VGMAs2020: Celestine Donkor matches 9 secular acts boot for boot in Best Video category

Gospel musician Celestine Donkor Gospel musician Celestine Donkor

Out of the 10 slots for the Best Video of the Year category, the gospel music industry had only one representation – Celestine Donkor’s ‘Agbebolo’.

Released in May 2019, the video shot and directed by Abass faces competition from Cina Soul’s ‘Killi Mi’, RJZ’s ‘Bye Bye’, ‘Medikal’s ‘Drip’, Becca’s ‘Yes I Do’, Kuami Eugene’s ‘Obiaato’, EL’s ‘Ehua’, Joey B’s La Familia’, ZeeTM’s ‘Totori’ and Epixode’s ‘Wahala Dey’.

Meanwhile Celestine Donkor alongside Joe Mettle, Joyce Blessing, Akesse Brempong, Diana Hamilton and MOG Music have been nominated in the Gospel Artiste of the Year category.

Her song ‘Agbebolo’ (Bread of Life) has also been nominated for Gospel Song of the Year. Also in that category are ‘Mehia Wo Yesu’ by Joe Mettle, ‘Repent’ by Joyce Blessing, ‘Hallelujah’ by MOG Music and ‘Mpaebo’ by Nacee.

Diana Hamilton who won both Gospel Artiste of the Year and Gospel Song of the Year at the 20th edition looks forward to defending her title as her record ‘W’asem’ has also been nominated.

After weeks of meticulous reviews, the board completed its work and unveiled the nominees for Gospel Song of the Year, Highlife Song of the Year, Hiplife Song of the Year, Hiplife Song of the Year, Reggae Song of the Year, Afrobeats Song of the Year, Gospel Artiste of the Year, Hiplife Artiste of the Year, Reggae Artiste of the Year, Song Writer of the Year and Record of the Year.

The rest are Best Music Video of the Year, Producer of the Year, Hiplife Artiste of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Group of the Year, Rapper of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, African Act of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year.

The unveiling of the aforementioned categories was done via social media between 11am and 4pm, Saturday. It was climaxed with the Nominees Announcement Party at the La Beach Hotel later in the evening where the Unsung Artiste of the Year, Vodafone Most Popular song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best International Collaboration of the Year, and Artiste of the Year nominees were also released.