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Sarkodie is the only Solo Artiste, who won VGMA "Artiste of the Year" Two Times. See all the Winners

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The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is an award scheme by Mascot in the year 2000. This initiative aims at celebrating Ghanaian artists. Since 2000, these awards have been consistent, unlike others. It is held annually at different locations. The ceremony also features performances by selected artists.

Amongst other categories selected over the past years "Artiste Of The Year" has been very competitive, and most anticipated of all. Daddy Lumba was the first artist to win this award, followed by other recognised artists.

Sarkodie has so far been the only artist who has won the "New Artist" award, and at the same time, won the "Artiste Of The Year" award. He has also been the only solo artist to win the award two times. Thus, in 2010 and 2013.

Listed below are artists who have so far been awarded the "Artiste Of The Year" award.

2000: Daddy Lumba

Daddy Lumba (born 29 September 1964) is a Ghanaian musician. For his achievements in music, he is regarded by some as the greatest Ghanaian musician of all time.

2001: Kojo Antwi

Kojo Antwi, also known as "Mr Music Man", is a Ghanaian Afro-pop, highlife and reggae, musical artist. He has 22 albums to his name, with "Tom & Jerry" became one of his most popular songs in West Africa, Ghana

2002: Lord Kenya

Kenya (born 19 September 1978), known as Lord Kenya, was a Ghanaian hiplife artist but is currently an Evangelist.

2003: Kontihene

Emmanuel Nana Appiah Boateng known by his stage name Kontihene is a Ghanaian hiplife musician. 'Aketesea' from his debut album Nyankonton won the Song of the Year Award during the 2003 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, making him the first new artist at the time to have received this award.

2004: V.I.P

VVIP, formerly known as VIP (Vision In Progress) is a Ghanaian hiplife music group made up of Zeal, formerly known as Lazzy, Prodigal and Reggie Rockstone from Nima, a suburb in Accra.

2005: Bice Osei Kuffour

Bice Osei Kuffour is a Ghanaian Hiplife musician, known popularly by the name Obour, meaning "stone" in the Akan language. He is the immediate past president of the Musicians Union Of Ghana.

2006: Ofori Amponsah

Samuel Ofori Amponsah, also known by the name Mr All 4 Real, is a Ghanaian music artist from Agogo, Ashanti Region of Ghana. He won seven awards in one night at the 2006 VGMA awards, including 2005 Artist of the Year, and has a combined total of 17 Ghana Music Awards nominations, making him one of the highest nominated artists.

2007: Samini

Emmanuel Andrews Sammini (born 22 December 1981), known by his stage name Samini (formerly Batman Samini), is a Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artiste from Wa, Ghana. He terms his brand of music as the "African dance hall".

2008: Kwaw Kese

Emmanuel Kofi Botchwey, known by his stage name Kwaw Kese and popularly called Abodam, is a Hiplife and Hip-Hop artist. He is well known for his hit album Abodam 2007, for which he won five awards at the 2008 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.

2009: Okyeame Kwame

Kwame Nsiah-Apau (born 17 April 1976), known by his stage name Okyeame Kwame and nicknamed Rap Doctor, is a Ghanaian musician, songwriter, creative director and entrepreneur.

2010: Sarkodie

Michael Owusu Addo (born July 10, 1988) known professionally as Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur from Tema. His contributions to the Ghanaian music industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for "Artiste of the Decade". He was announced the first winner of BET's Best International Flow artist at the 2019 BET hip-hop Awards. He is also considered the most successful African rapper of all time.

2011: V.I.P

V.I.P won it back in 2011

2012: Sarkodie

In 2012, Sarkodie received his second grand award at the VGMAs

2013: R2Bees

R2Bees is a Ghanaian Hip hop and hiplife duo from Tema made up of two cousins, Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem/Omar Sterling) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez). They were nominated at the 2013 BET Awards.

2014: Shatta Wale

He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana. He is also known as the African Dancehall King. His best-known single is "Dancehall King", which led him to win the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

2015: Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy, is a Ghanaian Afropop, dance hall and reggae singer. He is the CEO of Burniton Music Group. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2015 BET awards and Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards. He is also a recipient of two Billboard plaques. He has been described as the king of reggae and dance hall artists in Africa

2016: E.L

Elom Adablah (born 28 June 1987), better known by his stage name E.L, is a Ghanaian Afrobeats musician, rapper, singer and producer. He won Artiste of the Year and Hip-life/Hip-hop Artiste of the Year at the 2015/2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

2017: Joe Mettle

Joseph Oscar Nii Armah Mettle, better known by his stage name Joe Mettle, is a Ghanaian gospel singer and songwriter. He is the first Gospel musician to win the VGMA Artiste of the year award in his Genre, on April 8, 2017.

2018: Ebony Reigns

Ebony was discovered by musician and entrepreneur Bullet, from Ruff n Smooth and was signed to his Ruff Town record label. She came out with her first single, "Dancefloor", in December 2015, with a video and audio release. The song became a radio hit, landing her a nomination for the "unsung" category at the 2016 Ghana Music Awards. In March 2016 Ebony released her major hit single "Kupe". She was signed to Ruff Town Records and Midas Touch Inc.

2019: Unannounced

2020: Kuami Eugene

Eugene Kwame Marfo, who goes by the stage name Kuami Eugene is a Ghanaian highlife and afrobeat singer-songwriter. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment and is known for several songs, including "Angela", "Wish Me Well", "Ohemaa" and many others. He won the New Artist awards in 2018 from the Ghana Music Awards and the Ghana Music Awards UK. In 2019, he received 7 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards and went on to win the awards for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year and Highlife Artiste of the Year. He has been crowned Artist of the Year and High-life Artist of the Year at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards.

2021: Diana Antwi HamiltonDiana Antwi Hamilton is a Ghanaian gospel musician with several awards to her name. She won the 2021 Most Streamed Female Act of the Year Award at the 3Music Awards Brunch. In March 2021, she was among the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Music by the 3Music Awards Women’s Brunch. She was crowned Artist of the Year and Gospel Artiste of the Year at the 2021 Ghana Music Awards on June 26 with her song "Adom".

According to the songs and projects the artists are putting out now, which artiste do you think will win "artiste of the year 2022"?

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