An on-stage fight broke out at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. Stonebwoy had just been awarded dancehall reggae artist of the year took to the stage and industry rival Shatta Wale and his entourage mounted the stage.
Video footage of the brawl appears to show Stonebwoy holding a gun which has led to debates about how that even happen. Some people believe he took it from one of his security guards.
The Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale beef go way back, as the artistes who regularly exchange insults over who is the better musician.
There were no major injuries and after a short delay, the VGMA being held in the capital state of Accra resumed.
Stonebwoy apologised, Ghana news site Joy Online reports.
“I only had to react out of natural instincts because we all know how premeditative some people can be. We’ve seen on social media the threats and everything so we couldn’t come in unprepared,” he reportedly said.
“I come in peace and I go in peace and I apologise to the whole masses of Ghana that the awards is going to continue.”
“My crew had good intentions in going up on stage,” Shatta Wale is quoted as saying by the GhanaWeb news site.
He said he wanted to congratulate Stonebwoy on winning the award and bring unity to the music world.
On Twitter, Shatta Wale said: “Don’t play with a lion like that.”
This was the fifth year in a row that Stonebwoy took the VGMA for Best Dancehall Reggae artist.