The arrest happened after Stonebwoy had just been awarded dancehall reggae artist of the year when his musical rival, Shatta Wale, and his entourage mounted the stage and started a scuffle.
Video footage of the brawl appears to show Stonebwoy holding a gun. The two men have huge followings who regularly exchange insults over who is the best artist.
There were no major injuries and after a short delay the awards resumed.
Kindly help Me Thank The Ghana Police Force..For Keeping Situations Calmer And At All Cost ENSURED My Safety Up Until I Entered My Gates.
I WAS NEVER Arrested Whatsoever As Some Media Reporters Have It!!
Thanks to The Counter-terrorism Commander And His Team.. pic.twitter.com/23MSRnv2zi
— 1GAD (@stonebwoy) May 19, 2019
Stonebwoy, however, apologized when he came back on stage later to accept the award for Songwriter of the Year.
“I am really sorry for the incident that happened earlier on and 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 treats and everything so we couldn’t come in unprepared because anything could have happened as you guys saw.
“I come in peace and I go in peace and I apologize to the whole masses of Ghana that the Awards is going to continue. Thank you very much for supporting my music, for supporting everybody else’s music. By their deeds we have all seen them.”
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, both dancehall musicians are known rivals in the dancehall/reggae space. The two have been attacking each in separate interviews and social media posts.