Even though he seems not enthused about awards schemes, his hard work and consistency have won him a couple of awards in the music industry. On Saturday, 20th May 2017, dancehall artiste Shatta Wale won the overall Best Entertainer award at the first edition of the Ghana Entertainment Awards USA which was held in New York in the United States of America. His song ‘Kakai’ also won the Best Song award.
This comes few days after he was mocked by some music fans that he was not nominated for the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in spite of his success in the Ghanaian music industry. Other ‘showbizers’ that won awards at the Ghana Entertainment Awards USA were Kofi Kinaata, Andre Dede Ayew, Efya and Mix Masta Garzy.
Below is the full list of winners:
Best Album – EL Best Song – Kakai Best Gospel Artiste – Sonnie Badu Best Hiplife/Rap Act – Omar Sterling Best Hiplife – Kinaata Best Music Producer – Mix Masta Garzy Best Music Video – Small Small (Okyeame Kwame) Best Collaboration – R2Bees Best New Act – Medikal Best Male Act – Stonebwoy Best Female Act – Efya Best Lead Actress – Yvonne Nelson Best Supporting Actor in Film – Kojo Nkansah (FAULT) Best Supporting Actress in Film – Jackie Appiah (SALA) Best Picture (FILM PRODUCER) – Purple (PRINCE DOVLO) Best Director (FILM) – Kofi Asamoah (AMAKYE and DEDE) Best Male TV Presenter – Jay Foley Best Female TV Presenter – Berla Mundi Best Entertainer Blogger of the Year – Ameyaw Debrah Best DJ Act – Dj Mensah Best Comedian Act – DKB Best Ghana/USA Act – Duke D2 Best Entertainer of the Year – Shatta Wale Best DJ/USA Act Dj Akua Best Radio Personality Male – Bola Ray Best Radio Personality Female – Anita Erskine Best Actor (AFRICA) – Ramsey Noah (Nigeria) Best Actress (AFRICA) – Rita Dominic (Nigeria) Best Male Artiste (AFRICA) – WizKid Best Female Artiste (AFRICA) – Tiwa Savage Best Dj AFRICA – Dj Tunez (Nigeria) Best Diaspora Act – Los Grumos Best Group – VVIP Best Lead Actor in Film – Van Vicker (BLACK MONKEY) Sports Personality of the Year – Dede Ayew
Apart from these, honorary awards were presented to some personalities on the night. The Blackstar Honourary Award was presented to Mr Berko, Mr and Mrs Agyekum Akili, Mrs Ivy Quarshie and Mr Mohammed Mardah.