Rapper EL tops Ghana’s VGMA list of nominees

The nominees for Ghana’s leading awards for musicians Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) have been announced. The awards event, first held in 2000, honours players in the Ghanaian music industry and is one of the most anticipated dates on the industry calendar.

Rapper EL tops the nominee list for the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards
Rapper EL tops the nominee list for the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

Scheduled to hold on Monday 7 May at the Accra International Conference Centre, this edition is dominated by rapper EL. With 10 nominations including Artist of the Year and Most Popular Song of the Year, he is the man to beat. Such heavyweights as MzVee and Sarkodie follow with seven and six nominations respectively. Also with six nominations are super-group VVIP and singer Bisa Kdei.

Stonebwoy, who had a great 2015 filled with numerous national and international prizes, is up for five awards. In the category for African artists, Nigerian musicians take up every spot. The five artists nominated are WizkidOlamideKorede BelloHarry Song, and Patoranking.

As happens frequently with awards some controversy has come with the announcement. An outcry rang out online when it became apparent that the artist Eazi, a Nigerian based in Ghana, had failed to receive a single nomination for his work in 2015. The reason given for his exclusion, that he is not Ghanaian, has been criticised on social media. Also, making the rounds is the shutting out of Shatta Wale. The reggae artist was disqualified following disparaging remarks he made about the award show last year.

The full list of 2016 VGMA nominees is as follows:

Artiste Of The Year
  • VVIP
  • Sarkodie
  • Bisa Kdei
  • Stonebwoy
  • SP Kofi Sarpong
  • EL
Most Popular Song Of The Year
  • 'Skolom' - VVIP ft Sena Dagadu
  • Mansa - Bisa Kdei
  • 'Aporsor' - Nicholas Omane Acheapong
  • 'Go Higher' - Stonebwoy
  • 'Ekikime' - Wisa ft Luther
  • 'Mi Naa bo po' - EL
  • 'Ye wo Krom' - Atom
  • 'Susuka' - Kofi Kinataa
Album of The Year
  • Verified - MzVee
  • Mary - Sarkodie
  • Elom - EL
  • Breakthrough - Bisa Kdei
  • I Believe - SP Kofi Sarpong
Gospel Song of The year
  • 'Hour by Hour' – SP Kofi Sarpong ft Joyce Blessing
  • 'Yoboyo' – Kofi Gyan
  • 'W’ow nkwa wo wor Ade' – Mary Owusu
  • 'Hyebere Sesafuor' – Obaapa Christie
  • 'Aporsor' – Nicholas Omane Acheampong
Gospel Artiste of the Year
  • Obaapa Christie
  • Joe Mettle
  • Nicholas Omane Acheampong
  • Patience Nyarko
  • DSP Kofi Sarpong
  • Preachers
Highlife Song of the Year
  • 'Take Away' – Acka Blay ft Cabum
  • 'Hw3' – Becca
  • 'Mansa' – Bisa Kdei
  • 'Pimpinaa' – Obrafuor ft Bisa Kdei
  • 'M’akoma' – R2bees
  • 'Susuka' – Kofi Kanata
  • 'Alewa' – Ofori Amponsah ft Sarkodie
Hip-hop Song of the Year
  • 'All Black' – E.L ft Pappy Kojo, Joey B
  • 'Fire Bon Dem' – Flowking Stone
  • 'Yakubu' – Kwaw Kese
  • 'Hand to Mouth' – Sarkodie
  • 'Nineteen Ninety' – Omar Sterling
  • 'Ay3 Late' – Pappy Kojo ft Sarkodie
Hiplife Song of the Year
  • 'Crusade' – Donzy ft Kofi Kinaata
  • 'Ye Wo Krom' – Atom
  • 'Koko' – E.L
  • 'Ekiki Me' – Wisa ft Luther
  • 'Skolom' – VVIP ft Sena Dagadu
Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year
  • 'Serwaa Akoto' – Blakk Rasta
  • 'It’s So Crazy' – De Voice
  • 'Hold Me Now' - MzVee
  • 'Go Higher' – Stonebwoy
  • 'Holiday' – Ak Songstress
  • 'Fire' – Jupitar ft Stonebwoy
Best Female Vocalist
  • 'Boom Boom Beat' – Adina
  • 'Me Do Wo' - Irene Loghan
  • 'Hold Me Now' – MzVee
  • 'Ego Bee' – Nana Yaa
  • 'Sarkcess Story' – Efya
  • 'Dumb Drum' – Yaa Yaa
Best Male Vocalist
  • 'Afiyie' – Go Gaga
  • 'De Voice' – It’s Crazy
  • 'Knii Lantey' – Thinking Out Loud
  • 'Pat Thomas' – Bra
  • 'Mugeez' – Concert Party
  • 'Akwaboah Jnr' – Me Wu Afro
Pop Song of the Year
  • 'Only' – Fuse ODG
  • 'Gboza' – R2Bees ft Davido
  • 'Nyedzilo' – Edem ft Reekado
  • 'Banks Abofra' – MzVee ft Efya
  • 'Coastal Vibes' – Adina ft Trigmatic
  • 'Mi Naa Bo Po' – E.L
Producer of the Year
  • Mo Beat – 'Skolom'
  • Bisa KDei/Kayawa – 'Mansa'
  • Kwadwo Akwaboah – 'Aporsor'
  • Beatz Dakar – 'Go Higher'
  • E.L – 'MI Naa No Bo Po'
  • Dr. Ray – 'Ye Wo Krom'
  • King Dee – S'usuka'
Record of the Year
  • 'Coastal Vibes' – Adina ft Trigmatic
  • 'Abofra' – MzVee ft Efya
  • 'Concert Party' – R2Bees
  • 'Bra' – Sarkodie ft Pat Thomas
  • 'Dumb Drum' – Yaa Yaa
  • 'Shine A Light' – Rocky Dawuni
  • 'Forget Dem' – M.anifest
Songwriter of the Year
  • Rex Omar – 'Paapa'
  • Knii Lantey' – 'Beautiful Virgo'
  • Kofi Kinaata – 'Susuka'
  • MzVee, Richie & Efya – 'Abofra'
  • Obrafour – 'Nkontompo'
  • Stonebwoy – 'Go Higher'
Best Group of the Year
  • VVIP
  • R2Bees
  • Keche
  • Gallaxy
  • Preachers
Best Rapper of the Year
  • E.L – 'King Without A Crown'
  • Flowking Stone - 'Fire Bon Dem'
  • Omar Sterling – 'Nineteen Ninety'
  • Pappy Kojo – 'Ay3 Late'
  • Sarkodie – 'Hand to Mouth'
Best Collaboration of the Year
  • 'Skolom' – VVIP ft Sena Dagadu
  • 'Mewu' – Sarkodie ft Akwaboah Jnr
  • 'Ay3 Late' – Pappy Kojo ft Sarkodie
  • 'Ekiki Me' – Wisa ft Luther
  • 'Crusade' – Donzy ft Kofi Kinaata
  • 'Pimpinaa' – Obrafour ft Bisa KDei
Best Music Video of the Year
  • 'Shelele' – E.L
  • 'Nkontompo' – Obrafour
  • 'Dumb Drum' – Yaa Yaa
  • 'Girlfriend' – Edem
  • 'Crazy for God' – Preachers
New Artist of the Year
  • Nero X
  • Donzy
  • Wisa
  • Teephlow
  • Atom
  • Kofi Kinaata
Highlife Artiste Of The Year
  • Bisa Kdei
  • Ofori Amponsah
  • Afriyie
  • Nero X
Africa Artist of the Year
  • Wizkid
  • Olamide
  • Korede Bello
  • Harry Song
  • Patoranking

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