This year’s Christian Community Music Awards (CCMA), also known as the “Most Wanted Awards”, has come off at the National Theatre.
Unlike most music awards where the emphasis is on ‘the most popular’ of a selected category, CCMA honours outstanding individuals and institutions that have made commendable contributiobs to gospel music.
Highlights of this year’s event included the honouring of Ms Joyce Aryee with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her unending promotion of choral and classical music in Ghana.
There were also great performances from the likes of Cwesi Oteng, Ps Helen Yawson, Koda, Samsong from Nigeria and groups such as the Harmonious Choral, LIC Choir and Impact Project.
This year, 13 trophies were presented to winning artistes with four of them being non-Ghanaians.
Gospel music senstation, Cwesi Oteng, was the biggest winner on the night with a credited investment account from CCML which organisers say is to encourage the culture of savings and investments on the gospel music circuit.
Full list of winners at the 2013 CCMA were:
Contemporary Song –God Dey Bless Me (Cwesi Oteng)
Praise Song – Ese Oluwa (Sonnie Badu)
Song with a Cause –Nsem Pii (KODA)
Worship Song – You Are God Alone (William Mcdowell, USA)
Inspirational Song –It’s All About You (Anita Wilson, USA)
Traditional Song – Menim Nguase (Celestine Donkor)
African Song – Odogwu (Samsong, Nigeria)
Rap Gospel – Go Hard (Preachers)
Reggae Song – Have You Heard (Chevelle Franklin, Jamaica)
Chorale Song – Oye (Harmonious Chorale)
Church Choir – Legon Interdenominational Church Choir
Lyrics in a Son – You Are Beautiful (Jim Emmitt Konadu)
Ghanaian Song – God Dey Bless Me (Cwesi Oteng)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Ms Joyce Aryee