UK Gospel's Diana Hamilton continues history as she becomes first gospel female and the second Gospel artist to win the 2021 VGMA Artiste Of The Year Award (Formerly won by Joe Mettle in 2017) This showcases how gospel music has impacted the world especially in these times. Gospel music is a huge part of the music industry in Ghana. Diana is a Ghanian native, hailing from from the Kumasi region of Ghana but is based in London.
The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA formerly Ghana Music Awards) celebrate artists of all genres. Award categories are sent out to industry practitioners in all regions of Ghana by the GMA Board; radio station DJs, night club DJs as well as MUSIGA regional offices, major distributors of music etc., for nominations in the various categories. Artiste of the Year is the topmost award at the Ghana Music Awards, given to the artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.
Diana weighed in on the historic win below:
"Family... Thank God & Thank you very much for your support. We brought home the Gospel song of ethe year. I'm grateful. What God cannot do does not exist. I'm trying to put this all together but making sense of it means I'm doubting God's ability. To everyone who supported me through your prayers, words of encouragement, public or private support, I am very Grateful. It's been a long day and a bit. This is to encourage somebody out there, the road might be long but it will be worth it just trust the process!
Diana also picked up the award for the Gospel Song of the Year, Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year and Song of the Year categories"
Best Gospel Song of the Year - Winner
Songwriter of the Year
Best Music Video of the Year
Best Gospel Artiste of the Year - Winner
Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year - Winner
Artiste of the Year - Winner
The award was met with a little controversy as some Ghanian fans were upset that artist Kidimusic, who many predicted should have won the award. Diana was quick to debunk all rumours of any bad blood between the two. She joined Kidimusic for an interview and commented below:
"It not a big deal o. Family.... So @kidimusic and I met on set and and it was all cordial. And that's how things should be. I wish him all the best in his career from the bottom of my heart, congrats to him on his awards and to all nominees. To every artiste in every category that I won, I respect your hustle . Let's keep pushing the music and touching souls positively with our work . God bless you all"
Congratulations to Diana and her team. Keep flying the gospel flag.