The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA formerly Ghana Music Awards) was established in 2000 by Mascot to celebrate Ghanaian musicians. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on GH One. The awards ceremony features performances by artists. In 2020, the nominees jam which was scheduled for the 4th of April at the Koforidua Jackson Park was postponed. TThe Ghana Music Awards trophy has been changed over the years, the current trophy being unveiled during the 2013 Vodafone Ghana Music Award - Industry Awards night. The trophy includes a plastic red, gold, green (national colours of Ghana) compact disc to symbolize music.
A blank list of categories along with definitions is sent out to industry practitioners in all regions of Ghana by the GMA Board; radio station DJs, night club DJs as well as MUSIGA regional offices, major distributors of music etc., for nominations in the various categories. Entries are also received from the following: his was in compliance with the National Directives on Public Gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ghana Music Award for Artist of the Year.
Artist of the Year is the topmost award at the Ghana Music Awards, given to the artist(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artist(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.Award categories.
- Artiste of the Year.
- Vodafone Song of the Year.
- Highlife Artiste of the Year.
- Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year.
- Gospel Album of the Year.
- Songwriter of the Year.
- Hip-life/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year.
- Best New Artiste of the Year.
- Gospel Artiste of the Year.
- Best Collaboration of the Year.
- Hip-life Song of the Year.
- Album of the Year.
- Record of the Year.
- Highlife Song of the Year.
- Afro-Pop Song of the Year.
- Gospel Song of the Year
- Reggae Dancehall Song of the Year.
- Best Male Vocal Performance.
- Best Female Vocal Performance.
- Hip-Hop Song of the Year.
- Best Rapper of the Year.
- Best Music Video of the Year.
- Best Group of the Year.
- Producer of the Year.
- Instrumentalist of the year.
- African Artiste of the Year.
Ghana Music Award for Artist of the Year.
Artist of the Year is the topmost award at the Ghana Music Awards, given to the artist(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artist(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.
Artist of the Year award winners
- 2000: Daddy Lumba.
- 2001: Kojo Antwi.
- 2002: Lord Kenya.
- 2003: Kontihene.
- 2004: V.I.P.
- 2005: Bice Osei Kuffour.
- 2006: Ofori Amponsah.
- 2007: Samini.
- 2008: Kwaw Kese.
- 2009: Okyeame Kwame.
- 2010: Sarkodie.
- 2011: V.I.P.
- 2012: Sarkodie.
- 2013: R2Bees.
- 2014: Shatta Wale.
- 2015: Stonebwoy.
- 2016: E.L.
- 2017: Joe Mettle.
- 2018: Ebony Reigns.
- 2019: unannounced.
- 2020: Kuami Eugene
Below are the rankings for artistes who have won it more than once, in descending order based from data available from 1999 to 2020
25 - Sarkodie
14 - Ofori Amponsah
13 - Okyeame Kwame (solo), VIP/VVIP
11 - Obour
10 - Kojo Antwi
9 - Samini, Stonebwoy
8 - R2Bees
7 - Daddy Lumba, Kwabena Kwabena, Kuami Eugene, EL, Kofi Kinaata, Efya (1 as Jane in Irene and Jane)
6 - Esther Smith, Kwaw Kese, Joe Mettle, Shatta Wale, Praye, Castro
5 - Obrafour, Medikal, Daughters of Glorious Jesus
4 - Akyeame, Cindy Thompson, Ohemaa Mercy, Dasebre Gyamenah, Wutah, Kwaku Gyasi, Christiana Love/Obaapa Christy, Becca, Manifest, Bisa Kdei, Edem, Kwesi Arthur
3 - Buk Bak, Rex Omar, KK Fosu, 4x4, King Ayisoba, Knii Lante, Herty Borngreat, MzVee, No Tribe, Diana Hamilton, Adina, Omane Acheampong, Ebony Reigns, OJ, D-Black, Fancy Gadam, KiDi...
2 - Tagoe Sisters, Kontihene, Noble Nketiah, Bernice Offei, Akwaboah Jnr., Tic Tac, SP Kofi Sarpong, Gifty Osei, Asem, Josh Laryea, Pastor Lenny Akpadie, Richie Mensah, Zapp Mallet, Kaakie, Sonnie Badu, Fuse ODG, Nacee, Dope Nation, Gasmilla, Celestine Donkor, Guru, CZar...
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