Gospel music singer Joe Mettle has made history as the first gospel artiste in 17 years to win the ultimate honours at Ghana’s topmost music awards ceremony on Saturday in the capital Accra.
The 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards saw Joe Mettle, real name Joseph Oscar Mettle, crowned Artiste of the Year, beating top artistes from the HipHop and Ghanaian Hip-life genres including BET and MTV Awards winner Sarkodie.
Ahead of the ceremony, Mettle said he was hopeful of winning despite concerns and media debate over the quality of gospel music produced in the country.
“By God’s grace I have had people, some of whom I don’t even know, campaign for votes for me. We have done our best. It’s left with the Academy and Board to decide but I am 100% hopeful of winning,” he told local radio Citi FM.
With a lot of backing and support, the all-white clad Mettle won the Gospel Artiste of The Year award, Best Male Vocalist of the Year and the Artiste of the Year that night.
“For every gospel musician in this house, I want to say that the door is open,” he said during his acceptance speech.
Author: Staff Writer