Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

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Ghana Music Awards
Awarded for Outstanding in the music industry
Country Ghana
Presented by CharterHouse Productions
First awarded 2000
Television/radio coverage
Network Gh One TV
DStv Channel 155[1]
Channel 110[1]

The Ghana Music Awards was established in 2000 by Charter House Production to celebrate Ghanaian musicians. The awards are presented annually, and are broadcast live on GH One.[2] The awards ceremony features performances by artists.

Trophy[edit]

The 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.[3]

Nomination process[edit]

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:[4]

  • Published call for entries in the Press
  • Nomination forms submitted by Record Companies.
  • Google and other internet search engines are used to track online releases and to verify dates of release
  • Data from Mobile Content companies are also used to verify releases
  • Statutory organizations such as Copyright office are also used to verify works released as well as IP ownership
  • Nominations gathered are subjected to short listing by members of the VGMA Board

Award categories[edit]

  • 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 Awards Artist of the Year[edit]

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

Ghana Music Awards most nominated and winning artist[edit]

Below are current rankings for the most wins and nominated artist (male and female) Most wins (as of 2015)

Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 5th
Artist Sarkodie Ofori Amponsah R2Bees Kwaw Kese[8] Kwabena Kwabena Praye
Total wins 18 12 8 7 6 6

Most Nomination (as of 2015)

This is a list of multiple-nominated musicians with 12 or more nominations. Sarkodie is currently the most nominated musician, with 43 nominations.

48 nominations

22 nominations

  • Kwabena Kwabena

23 nominations

20 nominations

19 nominations

17 nominations

  • 4x4
  • Ofori Amponsah[13]

15 nominations

14 nominations

12 nominations

Locations[edit]

The inaugural ceremony in 2000 was held at the National Theatre of Ghana. From 2000 to 2003, the National Theatre of Ghana in Accra hosted the awards. From 2004 to 2009, the awards have been held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra. From 2010 to 2012 the awards ceremony was held at the Dome, moving back to the Accra International Conference Centre in 2013 and 2014.

Ghana Music Awards Dates and Locations
# Year Date City Venue Host(s) Ref
1 2000 Accra National Theatre of Ghana Kwami Sefa Kayi [15]
2 2001
3 2002 [16]
4 2003 8 March [17]
5 2004 13 March Accra International Conference Centre [18]
6 2005 1 May [19]
7 2006 4 March [20]
8 2007 6 May [21]
9 2008 25 April Samini and Doreen Andoh [22]
10 2009 4 April Bice Osei Kuffour, Samini and Dentaa [23]
11 2010 10 April Dome Kwasi Kyei Darwkah [24]
12 2011 25 February Chris Attoh and Doreen Andoh [25]
13 2012 13 April Chris Attoh and Benson Ohene Boateng [26]
14 2013 18 May Accra International Conference Centre Mildred Ashong (Eazzy) and KOD [27]
15 2014 26 April [28]
16 2015 11 April Nathaniel Attoh and Joselyn Dumas [29]
17 2016 7 May Chris Attoh, Naa Ashorkor and Dj Black [30][31][32][33]
18 2017 8 April Accra International Conference Center Anita Erskine [34]
19 2018 15 April Accra International Conference Center John Dumelo & Berla Mundi [35]

References[edit]

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