Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards
Current: 2022 Ghana Music Awards
VGMATrophy.webp
The VGMA plaque for the annual "Artist of the Year" winner since 2020.
Awarded forOutstanding work in the Ghanaian music industry
CountryGhana
Presented byCharterHouse
First awarded1999; 23 years ago (1999)
Television/radio coverage
Network
Formerly:

The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs), originally known by its non-sponsored name the Ghana Music Awards until 2013, is an annual music awards event in Ghana established in 1999 by a local event organizer and planner company known as CharterHouse to originally and primarily celebrate the "outstanding contributions of Ghanaian musicians to the growth and expansion of its associated industry".[2]

Held each April, May or June, the event is broadcast locally on GHOne TV, GTV and/or TV3 and outside Ghana on Akwaaba Magic on satellite TV platform DStv and terrestrial TV platform GOtv. Prior to the launch of the Akwaaba Magic channel in 2021, the event was broadcast outside Ghana on channels 155 and 198 on DStv and on channel 110 on GOtv.[1] In 2020, the event's precursor, the nominees jam, scheduled for April 4 at Jackson Park in Koforidua, was initially postponed and then cancelled to comply with a national directive on public gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.[3][4]

Trophy[edit]

The Ghana Music Awards trophy has been awarded in different forms over the years; with the current one unveiled before the 2019 edition of the event. It consists of a Gold Star plaque with a circular hole and strings on opposite faces, mimicking a guitar.[5]

Artiste of the Year[edit]

The Artiste of the Year award is the highest and most prestigious of the awards given at the event given to the artiste(s) adjudged by the CharterHouse, the VGMA Board and the general public as having the highest audience appeal, radio play, online streaming and popularity. The artiste(s) must have a released hit single/album during the year under review to qualify/be eligible.

Past and present Artiste of the Year award winners:

Locations[edit]

The inaugural ceremony in 1999 was held at the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra until 2004 when it moved to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), and it has been held there ever since. With the exception of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the event which were held at the Dome of the AICC, the event since the move to the AICC was held at its Main Hall until 2018. Since 2019, the event has been held at the Grand Arena (then/previously the New Dome) still at the AICC.

Ghana Music Awards Dates and Locations
# Year Date Venue Host(s) Reference(s)
1 1999 National Theatre of Ghana Kwami Sefa Kayi [11][12]
2 2001
3 2002 [13]
4 2003 8 March [14]
5 2004 13 March [15]
6 2005 1 May [16]
7 2006 4 March [17]
8 2007 6 May [18]
9 2008 25 April Samini and Doreen Andoh [19]
10 2009 4 April Main Hall of the Accra International Conference Center(AICC) Bice Osei Kuffour, Samini and Dentaa [20][21]
11 2010 10 April Kwasi Kyei Darwkah (KKD) [22]
12 2011 25 February Chris Attoh and Doreen Andoh [23]
13 2012 13 April The Dome of the AICC Chris Attoh and Benson Ohene Boateng [24]
14 2013 18 May Mildred Ashong (Eazzy) and Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) [25]
15 2014 26 April [26]
16 2015 11 April Nathaniel Attoh and Joselyn Dumas [27][28]
17 2016 7 May Chris Attoh, Naa Ashorkor and DJ Black [29][30][31][32]
18 2017 8 April Anita Erskine [33]
19 2018 15 April John Dumelo & Berla Mundi [34]
20 2019 18 May The New Dome/Grand Arena of the AICC Kwami Sefa Kayi & Berla Mundi [35]
21 2020 28 & 29 August Day 1 - Giovani Caleb & Sika Osei

Day 2 - KOD & Berla Mundi

[36][37]
22 2021 25 & 26 June Day 1 - Giovani Caleb and AJ Akuoko-Sarpong

Day 2 - Berla Mundi, Giovani Caleb and Sika Osei

[38]
23 2022 9 April AJ Akuoko-Sarpong [39]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As a result of an ignition of a questionable brawl between the entourages of Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale

References[edit]

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