Diana Hamilton Makes History at Vodafone Ghana Music Awards as the First ‘Living Female’ to Win the Artiste of the Year

Religious Inspirational Singer Diana Hamilton made history on Saturday 26th June 2021 at the Grand Arena in Accra when she won the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the 22nd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Diana Hamilton is the first ‘Living Female’ musician to win the title since it’s inception in 1999. The announcement in the auditorium threw many of the guests into a frenzy as the musician was escorted to the stage to receive her award. Diana Hamilton was adjudged the overall ‘Artiste of the Year’ for her excellence as a musician in the year 2020.

Diana Hamilton broke the jinx on Saturday after she was announced as the ‘Artiste of the Year’ at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2021. The closest there has been to a ‘living woman’ wining the award was the late Ebony Reigns who won the award posthumously in 2018. The award has been dominated by male musicians since it was created. According to her, her victory was by the Grace of God. “If this is not grace, then I don’t know what grace is… thank you God. Jesus is cool like that, so thank you Jesus. This is the doing of the Lord and it is marvelous in our sight, God bless everybody”, she said

Diana Hamilton broke another jinx as she became the first musician to win the ‘Vodafone Song of the Year’, which is also referred to at the ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’, with a religious song (popularly referred to a Gospel song). Since the awards scheme began, there hasn’t been any musician who has won the award. She won it with her singel ‘Adom’.

Diana Hamilton also chalked another victory by being the second Religious Inspirational musician to win the ‘Artiste of the Year’ award in 4 years since 2017; after fellow religious inspirational singer Joe Mettle won it.

Previously, Diana Hamilton won the ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’ at the V.G.M.A in 2020 and bagged two nominations in the same year for ‘Gospel Song of the Year’ and ‘Vodafone Song of the Year’ for her single ‘W’asem’. In 2019, she won both awards for the ‘Gospel Artiste of the Year’ and the ‘Gospel Song of the Year’ with her single ‘Mo Ne Yo’.

Her win comes as great news and inspiration to the Christian community in Ghana.

By Jerry Wonder

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