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, Charterhouse. The decision was announced at a press conference at the Alisa Hotel in Accra by Charterhouse and the Board of the awards.
According to the organisers, 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 VGMA.
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.