The Christian Council of Ghana has saluted gospel musician, Joe Mettle on his nomination as the artiste of the year at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Joe Mettle emerged ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 2017 edition of the annual VGMA.
Joe Mettle was nominated alongside Medikal, Stonebwoy, MzVee, Sarkodie and reigning Artiste of the Year, E.L, but managed to beat all 5 contenders to make history at the event.
He is the first gospel artiste to win the award since the inception of the VGMAs in 2000.
This feat, General Secretary of the Christian Council, Rev Opuni Frimpong speaking on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ Monday said is a laudable one.
“We congratulate all the musicians and especially Joe Mettle for being the first gospel artiste to win the VGMA…,” he said.
Joe Mettle on the night also won the Gospel artiste of the year award and Male vocalist of the year award.
Joe Mettle, a former lead singer of the Soul Winners gospel music group, has since he went solo produced mega hits like ‘Medo Wo,’ ‘Ayeyi Nnwom,’ ‘Jehovah Praise,’ the current banger ‘Onwanwani,’ among others.
He’s in the past won awards like Best Male Vocalist, Best Songwriter, Best Video at 2012 Gospel Industry Awards; Alternative Song of the Year at 2012 Bass Awards; Best Male Artiste at 2016 RIGA Awards in South Africa, Best Vocal Performance at the 2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and has also earned multiple nominations in both local and international award schemes.
Joe Mettle Wins Artist Of The Year At VGMA 2017
Performers on the night included Sarkodie, M.anifest, Nacee, Medikal, Stonebwoy, Runtown from Nigerian, Toofan and many others.
Veteran musician Charles Amoah was also present to perform.
Although not nominated for the biggest honour, Artist of the year, Kofi Kinaata hit a hat trick as we won Highlife Song of The Year, Songwriter of The Year and High Life Artist of The Year.
Other winners included Sarkodie, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Flowking Stone, Joe Mettle and others.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson
Traditional artiste of the year – Sammy Ahmed
Instrumentalist of the year – Philip Acquah
Traditional Artiste Of The Year – Mr Sammy Ahmed
Best Gospel Song of The Year – Yewo Nyame A Yweo Adze by Nacee ft Ernest Opoku
Highlife Song of The Year – Confession by Kofi Kinaata
Reggae/Dancehall Song of The Year – People Dey by Stonebwoy
Hip Hop Song of The Year – God MC by M.anifest
HipLife Song of The Year – Go Low by Flowking Stone
Afropop Song of The Year – Kaabueme by E.L
Gospel Artist of The Year – Joe Mettle
High Life Artist of The Year – Kofi Kinaata
Hip Life/ Hip Hop Artist of The Year – Sarkodie
Songwriter of The Year – Kofi Kinaata (Confession)
Reggae/Dancehall Artist of The Year – Stonebwoy
Best Collaboration of The Year – VVIP ft Patoranking (Alhaji)
Female Vocalist of The Year – Adina
Best Male Vocalist of The Year – Joe Mettle (Onwawani)
Best Group of The Year – VVIP
Best Music Video f The Year – Small Small (Okyeame Kwame ft MzVee)
Best Rapper of The Year – M.anifest
African Artist of The Year – Runtown
Best New Artist of The Year – Fancy Gaddam
Record of The Year – Too Late by Adina Thembi Prod. by Killbeatz, King Promise
Vodafone Most Popular Song of The Year – Christy by Dobble
Album of the Year – Counsellor by Nacee
Artist of The Year – Joe Mettle
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