E.L Tops VGMA List Grabs 10 Nominations



BBnZ’s artiste and beat producer E.L has picked up nominations in ten categories of the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), making him the artiste with the highest number of nominations for his own works.

E.L has been nominated for the Overall Best Artiste of the Year, Vodafone Song of the Year (Mi Naa Bo Po), Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year (Elorm), Producer of the Year (Mi Naa Bo Po), Hiphop Song of the Year (All Black ft. Pappy Kojo and Joe B), Hiplife Song of the Year (Koko), Best Music Video (Shelele), Best Rapper (King Without a Crown) and Afro-Pop Song of the Year (Mi Naa Bo Po).

He was followed by Sarkodie who earned seven nominations for his own works and three other nominations for featuring in other musician’s works.

Dancehall diva MzVee grabbed seven nominations for her own works and VVIP got six nominations for the group’s own works.

Bisa earned six nominations for his own works and two for featuring in the works of others while Stonebwoy earned himself five nominations for his own songs and one for his collaboration with Jupiter, ‘Fire’.

How To Win

The grand event would come off at the Accra International Conference Centre on May 7 and each nominee would be relying on the general public, the VGMA Board and the VGMA Academy to win.

The VGMA board has 30 percent voting power to determine which musicians win in the various categories.

There is also the VGMA Academy which also has 30 percent voting power and then the general public which has 40 percent voting power.

The VGMA Academy is made up of about 50 distinguished industry players with a fair regional representation to cover the country. The 50 are drawn from all the ten regions and are usually brought together to vote under the supervision of KPMG.

It is significant to note, however, that the VGMA Most Popular Song of the Year category is entirely left to the public without any say from neither the VGMA Board nor the Academy.

Below is the full nomination list:

Artiste Of The Year



Bisa Kdei


SP Kofi Sarpong


Vodafone Most Popular Song Of The Year

Skolom – VVIP featuring Sena Dagadu

Mansa – Bisa Kdei

Aporsor – Nicholas Omane Acheampong

Go Higher – Stonebwoy

Ekiki Me – Wisa featuring Luther

Mi Naa Bo Po – E.L

Susuka – Kofi Kinaata

Album Of The Year

Verified – MzVee

Mary – Sarkodie

Elom – E.L

Breakthrough – Bisa Kdei

I Believe – SP Kofi Sarpong

Highlife Artiste Of The Year

Bisa Kdei


Ofori Amponsah

Nero X

Afro-Pop Song Of The Year

Fuse ODG – Only

R2Bees – Gboza featuring Davido

Edem – Nyedzilo featuring Reekado Banks

MzVee – Abofra featuring Efya

Adina – Coastal Vibes featuring Trigmatic

E.L – Mi Naa Bo Po

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year




AK Songstress


Blakk Rasta

Hip-life/Hip-Hop Artiste Of The Year

Pappy Kojo

Omar Sterling





Best Collaboration Of The Year

VVIP – Skolom featuring Sena Dagadu

Sarkodie – Mewu featuring Akwaboah

Pappy Kojo – Ay3 Late featuring Sarkodie

Wisa – Ekiki Me featuring Luther

Donzy – The Crusade featuring Kofi Kinaata

Obrafour – Pimpinaa featuring Bisa Kdei 

Record Of The Year

Adina – Coastal Vibes featuring Trigmatic

MzVee – Abofra featuring Efya

R2Bees – Concert Party

Sarkodie – Bra featuring Pat Thomas

Yaa Yaa – Dumb Drum

Rocky Dawuni – Shine Light

M.anifest – Forget Dem

Hip-life Song Of The Year

Donzy – The Crusade featuring Kofi Kinaata

Atom – Ye Wo Krom

E.L – Koko

Wisa – Ekiki Me featuring Luther

VVIP – Skolom featuring Sena Dagadu

Guru – Pooley Swag

Highlife Song Of The Year

Aka Blay – Take Away featuring Cabum

Becca – Hwe

Bisa Kdei – Mansa

Obrafour – Pimpinaa featuring Bisa Kdei

R2Bees – Makoma

Kofi Kinaata – Susuka

Ofori Amponsah – Alewa featuring Sarkodie

Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year

Blakk Rasta – Serwaa Akoto


De Voice – It’s So Crazy

MzVee – Hold Me Now

Stonebwoy – Go Higher

AK Songstress – Holiday

Jupiter – Fire featuring Stonebwoy

Best Male Vocal Performance

Afriyie – Go Gaga

De Voice – It’s Crazy

Knii Lante – Thinking Out Loud

Pat Thomas – Bra (by Sarkodie)

Mugeez – Concert Party (With Omar Sterling)

Akwaboah Jnr. – Mewu (by Sarkodie)

Best Female Vocal Performance

Adina – Boom Boom Beat

Irene Logan – Me Do Wo

MzVee – Hold Me Now

Nana Yaa – E Go Be

Efya – SarkCess Story

Yaa Yaa – Dumb Drum

Hip-Hop Song Of The Year

E.L – All Black feat. Joey B & Pappy Kojo

Flowking Stone – Fire Bon Them

Kwaw Kese – Yakubu

Omar Sterling – Nineteen Ninety

Pappy Kojo – Ay3 Late feat. Sarkodie

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 Music Video Of The Year

E.L – Shelele

Obrafour – Nkontompo

Yaa Yaa – Dumb Drum

Edem – Girlfriend

Teephlow – The Warning

Preachers – Crazy For God

Best Group Of The Year






Producer Of The Year

Mo Beat – Skolom

Bisa Kdei/Kaywa – Mansa

Kwadwo Akwaboah – Aporsor

Beatz Dakay – Go Higher

Chapter Beatz – Ekiki Me

E.L – Mi Naa Bo Po

Dr Ray – Ye Wo Krom

Kin Dee – Susuka

Best New Artiste Of The Year

Nero X

Kofi Kinaata




Unsung Artiste

Nii Funny

Feli Nuna



Ebony Reigns

Gospel Song Of The Year

SP Kofi Sarpong – Hour By Hour featuring Joyce Blessing

Kofi Gyan – Yoboyo

Mary Owusu – W’ow Nkwa Wo Wor Ade

Obaapa Christy – Hyebre Sesafo

Patience Nyarko – Wafom Kwan

Gospel Artiste Of The Year

Obaapa Christy

Nicholas Omane Acheampong

Joe Mettle

SP Kofi Sarpong

Patience Nyarko


Songwriter Of The Year

Rex Omar – Paapa

Knii Lante – Beautiful Virgo

Kofi Kinaata – Susuka

MzVee, Richie & Efya – Abofra

Obrafour – Nkontompo

Stonebwoy – Go Higher

African Artiste Of The Year



Korede Bello