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MTV VMAs 2023: The Complete Winners List

On Tuesday night, MTV’s Video Music Awards took place in Newark, N.J. at the Prudential Center. Taylor Swift was the night’s big winner, taking home nine awards. Shakira took home the Video Vanguard Award and Sean “Diddy” Combs received the Global Icon Award.

Here is the complete list of winners from the 2023 MTV VMAs:

 

Video Vanguard Award
Shakira

Global Icon Award
Diddy

Video of the Year
Doja Cat – “Attention”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
Sam Smith and Kim Petras – “Unholy”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Song of the Year
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
Rema and Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
Sam Smith and Kim Petras – “Unholy”
Steve Lacy – “Bad Habit”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Artist of the Year
Beyoncé
Doja Cat
Karol G
Nicki Minaj
Shakira
Taylor Swift

Best New Artist
GloRilla
Ice Spice
Kaliii
Peso Pluma
PinkPantheress
Reneé Rapp

Push Performance of the Year
Saucy Santana – “Booty”
Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You”
Jvke – “Golden Hour”
Flo Milli – “Conceited”
Reneé Rapp – “Colorado”
Sam Ryder – “All the Way Over”
Armani White – “Goated”
Fletcher – “Becky’s So Hot”
Tomorrow X Together – “Sugar Rush Ride”
Ice Spice – “Princess Diana”
Flo – “Losing You”
Lauren Spencer-Smith – “That Part”

Best Collaboration
David Guetta and Bebe Rexha – “I’m Good (Blue)”
Post Malone and Doja Cat – “I Like You (A Happier Song)”
Diddy (featuring Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, and Yung Miami) – “Gotta Move On”
Karol G and Shakira – “TQG”
Metro Boomin (featuring the Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy) – “Creepin’” (remix)
Rema and Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”

Best Pop
Demi Lovato – “Swine”
Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night”
Ed Sheeran – “Eyes Closed”
Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
Pink – “Trustfall”
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero”

Best Hip-Hop
Diddy (featuring Bryson Tiller, Ashanti, and Yung Miami) – “Gotta Move On”
DJ Khaled (featuring Drake and Lil Baby) – “Staying Alive”
GloRilla and Cardi B – “Tomorrow 2”
Lil Uzi Vert – “Just Wanna Rock”
Lil Wayne (featuring Swizz Beatz & DMX) – “Kant Nobody”
Metro Boomin (featuring Future) – “Superhero (Heroes & Villains)”
Nicki Minaj – “Super Freaky Girl”

Best R&B
Alicia Keys (featuring Lucky Daye) – “Stay”
Chlöe (featuring Chris Brown) – “How Does It Feel”
Metro Boomin (featuring the Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Diddy) – “Creepin’” (remix)
SZA – “Shirt”
Toosii – “Favorite Song”
Yung Bleu and Nicki Minaj – “Love in the Way”

Best K-Pop
Aespa – “Girls”
Blackpink – “Pink Venom”
Fifty Fifty – “Cupid”
Seventeen – “Super”
Stray Kids – “S-Class”
Tomorrow X Together – “Sugar Rush Ride”

Best Latin
Anitta – “Funk Rave”
Bad Bunny – “Where She Goes”
Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma – “Ella Baila Sola”
Grupo Frontera and Bad Bunny – “Un x100to”
Karol G and Shakira – “TQG”
Rosalía – “Despechá”
Shakira – “Acróstico”

Best Rock
Foo Fighters – “The Teacher”
Linkin Park – “Lost” (original)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tippa My Tongue”
Måneskin – “The Loneliest”
Metallica – “Lux Æterna”
Muse – “You Make Me Feel Like It’s Halloween”

Best Alternative
Blink-182 – “Edging”
Boygenius – “The Film”
Fall Out Boy – “Hold Me Like a Grudge”
Lana Del Rey (featuring Jon Batiste) – “Candy Necklace”
Paramore – “This Is Why”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Stuck”

Best Afrobeats
Ayra Starr – “Rush”
Burna Boy – “It’s Plenty”
Davido (featuring Musa Keys) – “Unavailable”
Fireboy DML and Asake – “Bandana”
Libianca – “People”
Rema and Selena Gomez – “Calm Down”
Wizkid (featuring Ayra Starr) – “2 Sugar”

Video for Good
Alicia Keys – “If I Ain’t Got You” (orchestral)
Bad Bunny – “El Apagón – Aquí Vive Gente”
Demi Lovato – “Swine”
Dove Cameron – “Breakfast”
Imagine Dragons – “Crushed”
Maluma – “La Reina”

Show of the Summer
Beyoncé
Blackpink
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Karol G
Taylor Swift

Group of the Year
Blackpink
Fifty Fifty
Flo
Jonas Brothers
Maneskin
NewJeans
Seventeen
Tomorrow X Together

Album of the Year
Beyoncé – Renaissance
Drake and 21 Savage – Her Loss
Metro Boomin – Heroes & Villains
Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation
SZA – SOS
Taylor Swift – Midnights

Song of Summer
Beyoncé – “Cuff It”
Billie Eilish – “What Was I Made For?” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Doja Cat – “Paint the Town Red”
Doechii (featuring Kodak Black) – “What It Is (Block Boy)”
Dua Lipa – “Dance the Night” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Fifty Fifty – “Cupid”
Gunna – “Fukumean”
Jungkook (featuring Latto) – “Seven”
Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua – “Barbie World” (from the motion picture Barbie)
Olivia Rodrigo – “Vampire”
SZA – “Kill Bill”
Taylor Swift (featuring Ice Spice) – “Karma”
Tomorrow X Together and Jonas Brothers – “Do It Like That”
Luke Combs – “Fast Car”
Troye Sivan – “Rush”
Yng Lvcas & Peso Pluma – “La Bebe” (remix)

Best Direction
Doja Cat – “Attention” (Director: Tanu Muiño)
Drake – “Falling Back” (Director: Julien Christian Lutz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Count Me Out” (Director: Dave Free and Kendrick Lamar)
Megan Thee Stallion – “Her” (Director: Colin Tilley)
Sam Smith and Kim Petras – “Unholy” (Director: Floria Sigismondi)
SZA – “Kill Bill” (Director: Christian Breslauer)
Taylor Swift – “Anti-Hero” (Director: Taylor Swift)

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King Promise And DJ Lord OTB Bring Ghanaian Vibes To Gambia In Epic Independence Day Celebration

The vibrant sounds of Ghana boomed through the streets of Gambia as award-winning singer and songwriter King Promise and Ghana’s Best DJ, DJ Lord OTB, headlined an exciting Independence Day celebration. CFG Management and African Boss Entertainment organized the concert, which turned out to be a music-filled spectacle that made an unforgettable impression on Gambian music fans’ hearts.

 

Gambia’s Independence Day celebrations reached new heights as King Promise and DJ Lord OTB teamed up to produce a night of musical delight. The concert, which gathered admirers from all around Gambia, became a celebration of both national pride and a common love of Ghanaian music. As King Promise stepped onto the stage, the warm welcome from patrons was palpable. Gambia’s music enthusiasts sang along passionately, word for word, to every song performed by King Promise, showcasing the universal appeal of his music. Even songs containing Ghanaian dialects were embraced with enthusiasm.

 

CFG Management and African Boss Entertainment succeeded in curating an event that not only celebrated Gambia’s Independence Day but also bridged cultural gaps through the universal language of music. The success of the concert solidifies the growing international appeal of Ghanaian artists.

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Healer To Take Ghanaian Urban Gospel To The Next Level With ‘Don’t Cry’

Ghanaian pastor, Urban Gospel singer and songwriter Pastor Kingsley Nyarko popularly known as Healer has set to released the officially music video to his latest song, ‘Don’t Cry’ yet to released on February 19, 2024.

 

This beautiful masterpiece is a motivational song to listeners all over and was produced by healer himself.

 

 

Healer, together with his team, planned the video to the satisfaction of their listeners and patrons. The video is a clear and colourful one with beautiful scenes.

 

The song “Don’t Cry’ will be accessible on all streaming platforms.

 

 

 

Check it out, and let’s anticipate the music video together with the MP3.

 

Source: Ekow Smith

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Mastering The Music Release Process: A Step-by-Step Guide By Promoter Koolic

Are you an aspiring artiste eager to share your music with the world but unsure where to begin? Releasing a song involves a series of steps, from meticulous preparation to strategic promotion and post-release activities. Let’s delve into each phase to ensure your music launch is a success.
              (Preparation)
Before diving into the release process, it’s crucial to lay a solid foundation.
1. Mix and Master the Audio: Ensure your audio file is of top-notch quality by professionally mixing and mastering it in WAV format.
2. Design Cover Art: Create visually appealing cover art in JPEG or PNG format that captures the essence of your music.
3. Plan Promotional Content: Develop engaging promotional content such as videos and photos to captivate your audience.
4. Copyright Registration: Protect your intellectual property by registering your song with the copyright office.
5. Secure Licenses: Obtain mechanical licenses if your song includes covers and establish songwriting splits if multiple writers are involved.
6. Publishing Registration: Register your song with a publishing administrator or Performing Rights Organization (PRO).
7. Choose a Release Date:Select a strategic release date that aligns with your promotional plans and target audience.
                (Distribution)
Once your music is ready, it’s time to prepare for distribution across various platforms.
1. Mastered Song: Ensure your mastered song is ready for distribution.
2. Cover Art and Metadata: Prepare cover art files and provide essential metadata including lyrics, songwriting credits, and ISRC codes.
3. Release Date Confirmation: Confirm the release date and distribute the necessary materials to digital platforms.
       (Promotion and Planning)
Effective promotion is essential for garnering attention and building anticipation for your release.
1. Task Calendar: Create a detailed calendar outlining promotional activities leading up to the release.
2. Playlist Consideration: Submit your song for consideration on Spotify editorial playlists to increase visibility.
3. Pre-Save and Pre-Order Links: Generate pre-save and pre-order links to encourage fans to save and purchase your music in advance.
4. Smart Links and Landing Pages: Create smart links or landing pages for easy access to your music across platforms.
5. Single Announcement: Craft compelling announcements for social media and other channels to announce the upcoming release.
6. Day of Release Activities: Consider live streaming sessions to engage with your audience and promote the release further.
            (Day Before Release)
Ensure all elements are in place for a seamless launch.
1. Social Media Schedule: Plan and schedule social media content to maintain momentum before the release.
2. Email Newsletter Design:Design and prepare your email newsletter to notify subscribers about the upcoming release.
3. Finalize Smart Links: Double-check smart links and landing pages to ensure they are ready for distribution.
4. Music Video Schedule: Schedule the release of accompanying music videos or visual content.
5. Custom Thumbnails: Design custom thumbnails for your videos to enhance visual appeal.
6. Social Media Ad Clips: Prepare short video clips for social media ads to promote the release effectively.
         (Day of Release Checklist)
Execute your release strategy with precision on the big day.
1. Social Media Promotion: Promote your release across all social media channels with engaging content and visuals.
2. Music Video Upload: Release accompanying music videos on platforms like YouTube and Vevo.
3. Website and Profile Updates:Update your music website and social media profiles to reflect the new release.
4. Lyrics on Streaming Platforms: Ensure that lyrics are available on streaming platforms to enhance listener engagement.
5. Make the Song Public: Make your song available to the public on all streaming platforms as scheduled.
            (Post-Release)
Maintain momentum and capitalize on the release’s success with strategic post-release activities.
1. Email List Resend: Resend release announcements to your email list to reach those who may have missed the initial notification.
2. Continued Social Media Promotion: Continue promoting your music on social media with varied content to sustain interest.
3. Themed Playlist Creation:Curate themed playlists featuring your music to attract new listeners.
4. Playlist Placement: Pitch your music to playlist curators for potential inclusion in curated playlists.
5. Blog Promotion: Reach out to music blogs and online publications to secure coverage and reviews of your music.
6. Next Release Planning:Begin planning for your next release by following the same comprehensive guide to ensure continued success.
By meticulously following these steps, you can navigate the music release process with confidence and maximize the impact of your music on your audience. Remember, each phase is crucial in building anticipation, generating buzz, and ultimately achieving your goals as an artist.
Written By: Promoter Koolic
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Ghanaian Dancers Afronitaaa And Abigail Wow Judges At Britain’s Got Talent Auditions

Ghanaian dance sensations Afronitaaa and Abigail left a big impression on the judges of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) when the duo auditioned in Manchester on Friday, February 9, 2024.

 

Born, Yeboah Danita Akosua Adomaah, the former DWP Academy member, and Abigail of TV3 talented kids reportedly wowed the judges getting four buzzes for their effort.

 

The pair left Accra on February 7 and arrived in the UK the following day, barely 24 hours before their performance.

 

The duo, dressed in all-white hoodies with blue baggy trousers with kente-crafted pockets were posted on BGT’s social media handles on X and Instagram.

 

 

In her first reaction to their success at the first stage, Afronitaa replied to a tweet by former boss, Dance God Lloyd: “GOD DID IT !!! History was made,” she posted hours after their performance.

 

 

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Apostle Eric Deh Drops New Single Dubbed ‘Fakye’

Apostle Eric Deh – Fakye

Ghanaian pastor and singer Apostle Eric Deh is back on the music scene with a new song titled “Fakye”.

Fakye means “forgive” and the song asks for forgiveness from God.

This is a prayer song for every Christian who is seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Apostle Eric Deh is evangelizing through music and hoping to get more people closer to God as they enjoy this song.

Kindly stream the song on all digital platforms and share it with family and friends.

Source: Wyse

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Black Action Gang Releases New Hot Single Zongo Featuring Mrr Couston

Ghanaian music group Black Action Gang also known as BAG is back with another jam dubbed “Zongo”.

Zongo is a fast tempo party song which is not the usually Black Action Gang style of song since they are known for hip hop.

The song features Mrr Couston and was produced by Xboifren Onit.

 

Stream, download and have fun with it.

 

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King Promise, Camidoh Billed To Perform At 2024 MOBO Awards In Sheffield

Ghanaian music stars Camidoh and King Promise will perform at the 2024 MOBO Awards scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024, in Sheffield, UK.

 

Organizers revealed the stellar lineup of performers for the awards ceremony on Monday, February 5, via their X handle.

 

 

 

King Promise, known for hit songs like “Terminator“, “CCTV” and “Slow Down“, is steadily building an international fanbase with his smooth R&B sound.

 

Camidoh broke out to the international scene following the massive success of his smash single “Sugarcane” and remix featuring King Promise, Darkoo and Mayorkun.

Both Ghanaian artists will now get a platform to showcase their talents to a global audience watching the MOBO Awards broadcast live on YouTube at exactly 7 pm.

 

The 26th MOBO Awards taking place at the Utilita Arena will be hosted by Comedian Babatunde Aleshe and Love Island’s Indiyah.

Other performers include DJ Spoony, Byron Messia and Soul II Soul.

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Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale Battle For “Best African Dancehall Entertainer” Title At 41st IRAWMA Awards

Nominees for the 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Reggae and World Music’s biggest night of honour have been released.

 

With a total of 150 nominees in 39 categories named, Masicka, Sean Paul & Teejay, with 7 nods; Byron Messia, Burna Boy and PopCaan 5 nods; Dexta Daps, Spice and Valiant 4 nods; Beenie Man, Chronic Law, Koffee, D’Angel, Mavado, Davido, 450 & Pablo YG 3 nods lead the list of nominees for the 41st Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

 

Notable among the categories is the Best African Dancehall Entertainer where Ghanaian heavyweights Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale go at each other for the enviable crown.

 

The two will battle other heavyweights including Patoranking (Nigeria), Redsan – (Kenya), Star Zee (Sierra Leone) and Winky D. (Zimbabwe/South Africa).

 

Other Ghanaian nominees include DJ Switch, who was nominated in the Best Teen Entertainer (13-19 yrs. old) category.

Uptek Dance Academy also secured a nomination in the Most Outstanding Dance Group category.

To check the full list of nominees and vote for your favourite in the 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), click HERE.

 

The event will be held on Thursday, January 25th at the Chateau Mar Golf Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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King Paluta Targets New Artist Of The Year Award At 2024 Ghana Music Awards

Fast-rising musician King Paluta has set sights on winning the New Artiste of the Year accolade at the 25th edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

 

The “Sika Aba Fie” hitmaker announced on his Instagram page that he had filed for six nominations after the portal was opened by the organisers, Charterhouse earlier this week.

 

The nominations filled by King Paluta include New Artiste of the Year, Hiplife/ Hiphop Artiste of the Year, Best Hiplife Song, Best Collaboration, and Most Popular Song of the Year.

 

“I had my breakthrough last year, 2023 and God did his magic. I just submitted my work for consideration at this year’s Ghana Music Awards.

 

“My people, thank you for coming on this journey with me; let’s win together,” King Paluta wrote on Instagram.

 

King Paluta has been one of the biggest breakout stars in the year of review, churning out some timeless hit tunes.

 

Some of the hit singles released by the Kumasi-based rapper include “Yahitte,” “Sika Aba Fie,” and “Aha Akye.”

 

He has racked up over 10 million streams across various digital platforms and has a massive following on social media.

 

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Bisa Kdei Takes Ghanaian Music To New Heights With Private Jet Performances

Multiple award winning musician Bisa Kdei, is making a very huge impact not only in the music industry but also in the realm of luxury travel.

In a surprising turn of events, Bisa Kdei has been frequently spotted aboard private jets, elevating his status currently as the only Ghanaian musician known for such opulent travels.

Videos started circulating on social media showing Bisa Kdei’s jet-setting lifestyle when he was seen cruising in private jets across the United States.

The height of Bisa Kdei’s Private Jet journey lifted when he was booked to perform in Equatorial Guinea last weekend. Instead of going for the customary commercial flight, the artist chose to take his entire live band, including Grammy award-winning Joshua, on a private jet to perform

This move not only solidifies Bisa Kdei’s reputation as a trendsetter but also flying his entire live band on a private jet is a huge testament to his dedication to providing a unique and unforgettable experience for his fans and music lovers.

Also, the decision to travel by private jet speaks really well about Bisa K’deis success, global reputation and recognition since private jets are often associated with luxury and exclusivity, reserved for the elite few.

While some may view the “Mansa” hitmaker’s love for private jets as an extra cost, many might see it as a commercial move to enhance his brand and elevate the perception of Ghanaian musicians on the international stage.

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