Vocalist Joseph Oscar Mettle better known by his stage name Joe Mettle has become the first Ghanaian Gospel musician to clinch the ultimate award at the annual Ghana Music Awards.

Even though the patrons and fans were expecting other musicians to pick up the award, Joe Mettle surprisingly broke the deadlock after 17 years.

"This is for God almighty, this is for gospel music, this is for Christian and for every gospel musician in this house, I just want to say that the door is open,” Joe Mettle said during his acceptance speech.

Mettle beat a stiff competition from EL, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, MzVee and Medikal to win the award.

Joe Mettle took home two other awards aside the "Artiste of the Year". He won the "Best Male Vocalist" for his song "Onwanwani" and the over-all "Gospel Artiste of the Year".

The Urban Contemporary Gospel musician had an impressive year in 2016 with his awe-inspiring performances at every concert he was billed to perform. 2016 was a very busy year for Joe Mettle even though he failed to produce more hits as compared to his contenders.