Pricilla Opoku-Kwarteng, affectionately known by her stage name, Ebony Reigns took the Ghanaian music industry by storm. Before her, none has been able to realize her rate of growth as a female musician in Ghana. Unlike her female counterparts back then, Ebony Reigns was that one female musician to pull off countless massive feats shortly after making a debut into the Ghana music industry.
Ebony Reigns was the first female act to hit one million views on her music video on YouTube within a short time. Thus, she surpassed a million views on YouTube with her Maame Hw3 smash hit within just a week after release, which was unprecedented for a female musician in Ghana. Also, her debut song, Dancefloor as well as her other songs Hustle, Poison, Kupe, Turn on the light, and even the audio slide of her Date ur Fada song got millions of views on Youtube shortly after release. That is why Ebony Reigns could be described as the true definition of a female hit-making machine, a female music goddess for that matter.
One other interesting thing about Ebony Reigns’ music career was that virtually all her songs were massive hits. Particularly most of the songs on her Bonefied Album, which was released under RuffTown, her signed record label. Meanwhile, you may also check out an extensive list of her songs below.
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Ebony Reigns Songs
Dancefloor, Kupe, Sponsor, Poison, Maame Hw3, Date Ur Fada, Hustle, Konkonsa Police, Aseda, Turn on the light, Bad Gyal Army, Be your driver, twerk, glossy, Bratz, You the one, Grove of Love, Xoxo, Mushy and Bye
Ebony Reigns Death
Fast forward to 8 February 2018, the singer met her untimely death while on her way back to Accra from Sunyani after visiting her mother. The excruciating demise of the singer along with her best friend and a Soldier was because of a traffic collision between her car and a VIP bus. The entire country was shaken by the horrific incident.
Meanwhile, far from the sad part of Ebony Reigns life story, it also worth noting that her life ended within the very year she had unmatched dominance in the Ghanaian music industry. Thus, judging from her number of massive hit songs [Sponsor, Date Ur Fada, Maame Hwe, Hustle and more], the countless shows she headlined and the fact that she was the hottest musician on-demand within the short period of her stay in the industry.
Ebony Reigns won the VGMA Artiste of The Year
The Dancehall singer also pulled off among her numerous unprecedented feats, a posthumous big win at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Ebony Reigns won Afro Pop Song of the Year with Sponsor, Album of the Year with BonyFied and the ultimate award for the night, Artist of The Year. Which was incredibly unprecedented because the coveted award had never been won by a female musician before, but Ebony won it, though posthumously.
Her unprecedented 2-year Artiste of the Year reign
Moreover, Ebony Reigns again had an unprecedented record in her music career, which was her highest and a record which may be impossible to be beaten by any musician any time soon. Ebony Reigns held onto the coveted VGMA Artiste of the Year crown for the longest time ever in Ghana’s music history. Ebony Reigns reigned as the Artiste of The Year for two years[2018 and 2019] and her reign was even further prolonged for additional months this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. How in the world would any musician beat that record?
Why and how
Ebony Reigns reigned as the Artiste of the Year for those two years due to scuffle which occurred between the then archrivals, Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy at the 2019 VGMA. The scuffle, which led to the ban of the two acts from the awards scheme and stripping them off the awards they won that year, also caused the non-declaration of the winners for Artiste of the Year and the Most popular song of the Year.
Therefore, at a press conference held by Charterhouse[the organizers of VGMA] and the board of the awards at the Alisa Hotel, Ebony Reigns, who won in 2018, was declared to continue her reign as the ‘Artiste of the year’, since there was no winner for 2019. That was why and how Ebony Reigns reigned as the Artist of the Year for an unprecedented two years.
Who overthrows Ebony Reigns?
Finally, the just-ended weekend was the long-awaited witnessed VGMA 2020, the VGMA weekend they say. So we asked, who will be able to overthrow Ebony Reigns unprecedented 2-year Artiste of the year reign? Thus, take over from her as the Artiste of the Year at the final night of the 2020 VGMA.
Kuami Eugene overthrows Ebony Reigns
Though it came as a big surprise to many, Kuami Eugene won the ultimate award at the 2020 VGMA. Thus, taking over from Ebony Reigns as the Artiste of the Year. It came as a surprise to many because Sarkodie or Kofi Kinaata were the ones most tipped to win the coveted title.
Meanwhile, Kuami Eugene beat stiff competition from Sarkodie, Kofi Kinaata, Diana Hamilton and Medikal to win the biggest award for the night.
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