Charterhouse, organisers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), have placed an indefinite ban on dancehall artistes Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy and also stripped them of all the awards the two artistes won at the 20th edition of the VGMAs held last weekend at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The two have also been banned from performing at any of the VGMAs.
The sanctions were announced by Amandzeba Nat Brew, the Chairman of the 2019 VGMA Board, at a press conference organised by Charterhouse on Thursday, 23 May 2019.
“The Board of the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, given the actions of Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy, brought the name of the event into disrepute and, therefore, we wish to sanction the two as follows: both musicians are hereby banned indefinitely from participating in the nominations, selection, and performance at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards scheme. Also, the two artistes are hereby stripped of the awards they won at the 20th VGMAs and are, therefore, requested by the Board to return all the awards to Charterhouse effectively”.
Also, the two unannounced awards at the event – Artiste of the Year and Most Popular Song of Year – have been nullified.
Meanwhile, Shatta Wale has announced that he will never ever be part of the Ghana Music Awards scheme again.
“Upon sober reflections of events in recent times and having made broader consultations, I wish to announce that I will not be part of the Ghana Music Awards scheme going forward. God bless!,” the Gringo hitmaker tweeted on Thursday, 23 May 2019 along with a picture of his bloody palm, suggesting he had made a blood oath.
His decision comes on the back of a recent clash with his archrival Stonebwoy at the 20th edition of the VGMAs, which marred the event.
There was a free-for-all fight which resulted in Stonebwoy pulling a gun on stage. Both Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale were subsequently arrested by the police and arraigned.