The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) has banned Ghanaian dance-hall artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale from participating in all aspects of the country’s foremost music award scheme, and also stripped them off this year’s Award they won, following a brawl that involved a gun between the artistes.
The decision was taken on Thursday by the board of the award scheme following a brawl between the two feuding musicians at the event at Accra last Saturday. As regards the decision, they have lost their legibility for VGMAs nominations, selections and performances.
Board member Nat Brew Amandzeba explained at a news conference that the action of the Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale on the night “brought the name of the event into disrepute”.
He stated the decision was taken after “careful deliberations” and “extensive consultation” with stakeholders in the music industry.
But in a rather interesting turn, Shatta Wale posted on social media few minutes to the announcement that he has pulled out of the award scheme going forward.
There was chaos on Sunday after Shatta Wale stormed the stage with a crowd of fans to join Stoneboy who was receiving the 2019 Reggae and Dancehall Artiste of the Year Award.
Stoneboy feeling threatened immediately collected a handgun from one of his entourage in a scene that sparked a brawl between both parties.
The Awards for the Most Popular Song of the Year and Artiste of the Year, were deferred due to the incident.
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