Late singer Ebony makes history as first female to win top Ghana music award

Mildred Europa Taylor April 15, 2018
Ebony was before her demise in a car accident this year tipped by many to make history by winning the topmost award

It was a moment of joy and tears at the 2018 edition of Ghana’s biggest music event, the Ghana Music Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday.

The annual awards ceremony celebrates the works of musicians and producers that have done tremendously well during the year under review (from January 1 to December 31, 2017).

The event featured performances from some of the finest in the Ghana music industry including Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and Samini as well as Nigerian music star Tiwa Savage and South African hitmaker Nasty C.

Late dancehall musician Priscilla Opoku Kwarteng popularly known as Ebony Reigns stole the show as she took away the Artiste of the Year award posthumously, making her the first woman to win the ultimate honours at the event.

She was, before her demise in a car accident this year, tipped by many to make history by winning this award.

Other big winners in various categories were Joe Mettle, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and Shatta Wale.

The show further witnessed Nigerian singer, Davido, crowned with the highly coveted “African Artist of the Year” award.

Also highlighted the celebration of veteran Ghanaian musician, Naa Amanua Dodoo, who was given the “Lifetime Achievement Awards” for her contribution to the music industry.

Below is the full list of winners:

Album of the Year

Bonyfied (Ebony)

Traditional Artiste of the Year

Amamerefo Music and Dance Ensemble

Instrumental Artiste of the Year

Dominic Quashie

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Naa Amanua Doodo of Wulomei

Gospel Song of the Year

‘Bo Noo Ni’ by Joe Mettle

Hip Pop Song of the Year

‘Grind Day (Remix)’ by Kwesi Arthur

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

‘My Own’ by Samini

Hiplife Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Afro Pop Song of the Year

‘Sponsor’ by Ebony

Highlife Song of the Year

‘Odo’ by Kidi

Gospel Artiste of the Year

Joe Mettle

Highlife Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year


Songwriter of the Year

Bullet for ‘Maame Hw3’

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year


Best Collaboration of the Year

Shatta Wale & SM Militants (Taking Over)

Rapper of the Year


Best Group of the Year


Best Music Video of the Year

‘Obi Agyi Obi Girl’ by Gyo of Phamous Philms

Best Male Vocalist of the Year

Joe Mettle

Best Female Vocalist of the Year


African Artiste of the Year


Record of the Year

‘State of the Art’ by Teephlow

Best New Artiste of the Year

Kuami Eugene

Song of the Year

‘Total Cheat’ by Fancy Gadam ft Sarkodie

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: April 15, 2018


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