Reggae artiste, Batman Samini emerged as the Artiste of the Year at the recent Ghana Music Awards. The event was held at the recently refurbished national theatre, Accra on Saturday. Batman was crowned Artiste of the Year and also picked up awards for Pop Song and Record Song of the Year titled Samini Music. This came on the back of an earlier award this week when he won Radio Song of the year.
King Ayisoba’s "I want to see you my father" was adjudged the Most Popular Song and Traditional Song of the Year. It was also a good year for last year’s top winner Ofori Amponsah who won three awards, Highlife Song of the Year, Highlife Artiste of the Year and Album of the Year with his hit Emmanuella.
Obrafour of heavy fame won three awards including Hiplife Artiste of the Year, Hiplife Song and Best collaboration with Kofi B. On the gospel terrain, Kwaku Gyasi of Oyame Aseda swept the gospel category grabbing Best Gospel Song, Gospel Artiste and Gospel Album of the Year. Christiana Love won the Best Female Vocal and D’ Banj of Nigeria won African Artiste of the Year.
Earlier this week, individuals and institutions were honoured for their contributions to the development of Ghanaian music. The music awards festival ended on Sunday with a beach jam at the La pleasure beach here in Accra.
African Magic Artiste of the Year - Batman Samini
Most Popular Song of the Year - I want to see you my father (King Ayisoba)
Album of the Year - Ofori Amponsah
Best Male Vocal Performance - Kwesi Pee
Best Female Vocal Performance - Christiana Love
Hiplife Song of the Year - Heavy (Obrafuor)
Hiplife Album of the Year - Praye
Highlife Artiste of the Year - Obrafuor
Highlife song of the Year - Emmanuella (Ofori Amponsah)
Highlife Album of the Year - Ofori Amponsah
Highlife Artiste of the Year - Ofori Amposah
Gospel Song of the Year - Kwaku Gyasi (Nyame Aseda)
Gospel Album of the Year - Kwaku Gyasi
Gospel Artiste of the Year - Kwaku Gyasi
African Artiste of the Year - D’ Banj (Nigeria)
Record of the Year - Batman
Best Collaboration of the Year - Obrafuor and Kofi B (Heavy)
Discovery of the Year - King Ayisoba
Traditional Song of the Year - I want to see you my father (King Ayisoba)
Africa Music of the Year - Hugh Masakella