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VGMA: Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale banned indefinitely, stripped off all awards

Dancehall artistes Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have been stripped of all the awards they won at the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).
They have also been banned indefinitely by the organisers.
The decision to ban and strip the two artistes of their awards they won this year was announced at a press conference organised Charterhouse, organisers of the Awards, and the Board of the awards.
According to the organisers, at a press conference at the Alisa Hotel in Accra Thursday, the two artistes breached the code of conduct of the scheme.
Mark Okraku Mantey, a member of the Board, explained that the board has the right to dismiss or disqualify any nominee who misbehaves or brings the Awards into disrepute.
The decision means that Shatta Wale is no longer the winner of the ‘Highlife Song of the Year’ for ‘My Level’ and ‘Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year’ for ‘Gringo’.
It also means that Stonebwoy has also lost the ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Best Collaboration of the Year’ awards he won on the night.
Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy were arrested by the police on Sunday over a brawl that erupted between their camps at the 20th anniversary of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Pandemonium broke out shortly after Stonebwoy was announced the winner of ‘Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year’ when Shatta Wale and his team were seen going towards the stage, their intentions unclear.
Shatta Wale, born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, later claimed that he was going on stage to congratulate Stonebwoy. The two artistes were later released on Monday.
Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse, explained that “indefinite ban means pending good behaviour” and it is possible for them to be accepted back to scheme depending on their behaviour in future.
Asked if the organisers will reveal the winners of the ‘Artiste of the Year’ and ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’, which they failed to announce at the awards, the Charterhouse CEO said, “we cannot announce them because the results have been nullified,” and stressed that even though it involves the two artistes.
The organisers also revealed that late singer, Ebony Reigns, who won the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at last year’s Awards, is still ‘Artiste of the Year’ since there is no winner this year.
Commenting on the happenings on the night of the Awards at the new dome at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) Theresa Ayoade said organisers were embarrassed by the brawl between the two artistes.
“Everything was going smoothly till the altercation that went on stage” and that “we felt the action,” they took “was selfish” and that they forgot the world was watching Ghana.
The Charterhouse CEO stressed that Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale will live to regret forever what they did on the night.

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