There were first time winners on the night as well.
Female gospel artiste Celestine Donkor was adjudged the Female Vocalist of the Year while fellow gospel artiste MOG Music was named the Male Vocalist of the Year.
DopeNation and Cina Soul also won the Best Group of the Year and Best Video of the Year respectively.
Below is the full list of winners on Day 1:
Instrumentalist of the Year #VGMAs21 – Emmanuel Bludo
Male Vocalist of the Year – @MOGmusic
Songwriter of the Year – @KinaataGh
Female Vocalist of the Year – Celestine Donkor
Record of the Year – “Bolgatanga Girl” by @Okyeamekwame
Music Video of the Year. – “Killi Me” by @cina_soul
Group of the Year – @ghdopenation
Producer of the Year – @mogbeatz
Best International Collaboration of the Year – Lucky by @sarkodie ft @iamkingrudy
African Artiste of the Year – @burnaboygram
LifeTime Achievement Award winner – George Darko
Traditional Group of the Year – Tessa Group