Ebony Is Still The Reigning VGMA Artiste Of The Year
Following a decision by the board and leadership of Ghana Music Awards just a moment ago at their press conference addressing the fracas that took place at the VGMA 2019 the two dancehall greats, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy have been banned and strip them off the awards won at the just ended awards ceremony, late dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns is still the the reigning VGMA Artiste of The Year.
According to the VGMA board at their press conference, the decision was taken after “careful deliberations” and “extensive consultation” with stakeholders in the music industry which means the two dancehall artists are to return the two awards they both won on the VGMA night.
The decision also means that Shatta Wale is no longer the winner of the ‘Highlife Song of the Year’ for ‘My Level’ and ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’ for ‘Gringo’ and also Stonebwoy has also lost the ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Best Collaboration of the Year’ awards he won on the night.
Following the unexpected decision from VGMA which means the 2019 VGMAs did not produce an Artiste of The Year, late dancehall artiste, Ebony who died in a motor accident a year ago is till the reigning Artiste of The Year.
It is the first time in the history of the VGMA since this has happened.
The Board of the awards scheme at a press conference at the Alisa Hotel in Accra Thursday, revealed the results of the most anticipated categories will not be released and hence does not exist in this year’s scheme.
The chairman of the VGMA Board, Amandzeba, stated, “unfortunately we do not have ‘Song of the Year’ or ‘Artiste of the Year’ which to our interpretations means Ebony is still ‘Artiste of the Year.”
The decision of the VGMA board comes after the camps of dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy got into a fight on the stage when the latter was announced Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year.
The two are in court after they were arrested on Sunday over the brawl that erupted at the event. They both pleaded to not guilty to a charge of Offensive Conduct to Breaches of the Peace. Stonebwoy pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of Display of a Weapon in a Public Place without permission.
The two were granted bail of ¢50,000 and one surety each and have been scheduled to reappear before the court on June 20.