The organisers of the National Gospel Music Awards have honoured two veteran gospel musicians, Elder Kwasi Mireku and Diana Hopeson with Lifetime Achievement awards at this year’s edition of the awards ceremony held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) last Saturday.
The awards ceremony, aimed at celebrating and awarding excellence in the gospel music industry in Ghana, seeks to celebrate the works of the gospel music industry and showcase the talent, innovation and success of the local gospel artistes.
The awards, organised by Global Expert Recoveries, witnessed performances from Jayana, KobbySalm, Sam Oladotun, Akesse Brempong, and Carl Clottey, with support from the Hi-Skull band.
At the event, which attracted a large number of gospel music stakeholders, Diana Hamilton emerged the overall Gospel Artiste of the Year.
She beat off competition from Nacee, MOGmusic, Akesse Brempong, Empress Gifty, and Celestine Donkor.
Another popular female gospel artiste, Celestine Donkor, took home the Female Gospel Artiste of the Year award whilst Akesse Brempong was adjudged the Male Gospel Artiste of the Year.
Empress Gifty also took home the Music Video of the Year, with her song ‘Jesus Overdo’ with Carl Clottey taking home the Male Vocalist award.
Other gospel musicians who were honoured at the event include Eric Jeshrun, who took home Worship Song of the Year award. KobbySalm was also honoured with best Urban Gospel of the Year award whilst Kelvin Sasu received New Artiste of the Year award.
The 4th National Ghana Gospel Music Awards was sponsored by Steaman Heights, powered by Ghana Weekend, Rockson Ransford Hospital, MUSIGA, Jonab J. Services, New Life Homeopathic Clinic, and Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards.
Check the full list of winners below:
Instrumentalist – Dan Grahl
Music Producer – Vinny Kay
Gospel Radio/TV Programme – Franky 5 This is Gospel
Adventist Vibrant Artiste of the Year – Don Cemo
Choral Group – Harmonious Chorale
Church Choir of the Year – Covenant Voices
Traditional Gospel Music – Lawyer Antwi Agyei (Na Who Cause Am)
Music Video of the Year – Empress Gifty (Jesus Overdo)
African Artiste of the Year – Mercy Chinwa (Nigeria)
Diaspora Artiste of the Year – Herty Corgie
International Artiste – Detroit Youth Choir (USA)
New Artiste of the Year – Kelvin Sasu
Praise Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Diana Hopeson
Lifetime Achievement Award – Elder Mireku
Female Vocalist of the Year – Jayana
Male Vocalist – Carl Clottey
Female Artiste of the Year – Celestine Donkor
Male Artiste of the Year – Akesse Brempong
Artiste Manager of the Year – Nii Noi
Hybrid Song of the Year – Fameye ft. Kwesi Arthur (Long Life)
Urban Gospel of the Year – KobbySalm (Sambele)
Worship Song of the Year – Eric Jeshurun ft. Joe Mettle
Gospel Artiste of the Year – Diana Hamilton
By George Clifford Owusu