Stay Updated: Check out category definitions for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

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On several occasions, people have argued and sought to find what qualifies an artist to be nominated into various categories at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

Right after this year’s edition of the awards, our mails have been buzzing with our readers seeking answers to various category definitions so the team at www.nydjlive.com decided to put together the definitions for the various categories.

As of the time we published, this is the information we were furnished with and we don’t know if there will be reviews on some of the categories as times pass.

Check them out.

  1. Artiste(s) of the Year

The Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

  1. Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste(s) of the Year 

The Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as having with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Hiplife/Hip Hop Genre. They must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

  1.  Highlife Artiste(s) of the Year

The Highlife Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Highlife genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

  1. Reggae/Dancehall Artiste(s) of the Year

The Reggae/Dancehall Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Reggae/Dancehall genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album in the year under review.




  1. Gospel Artiste(s) of the Year

The Gospel Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Gospel genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

  1. New Artiste of the Year

The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste (s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a recording that FIRST shot the artiste (s) into the public limelight during the year under review.

  1. Best Collaboration of the year

The Best Collaboration of the year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the song released through the collaboration/featuring of two or more Artistes. The song must have been released and generated the most excitement during the year under review.

  1. African Artiste(s) of the Year

The African Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) (non-Ghanaian) whose music crossed borders and made the most impact in Ghana and on the continent at large during the year under review.

  1. Hiplife Song of the Year

The Hiplife Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Hiplife song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Highlife song of the Year

The Highlife song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Highlife song released in the year under review and generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Most Popular Song of the Year

The Most Popular Song of the Year is the song adjudged 100% by the General Public as the most popular song released in the year under review, irrespective of genre. The song must have enjoyed a lot of patronage and generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Afro-Pop Song of the Year

The Afro-Pop Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular song that is a cross pollination of music genres. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year under review.

  1. Hip Hop Song of the Year

The Hip Hop song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Hip Hop song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Gospel Song of the year

The Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Gospel Song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Reggae Song of the Year

The Reggae song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Reggae song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Best Group of the Year
    The Best Group of the Year is the Artistes adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the group with the highest audience appeal and popularity. They must comprise of at least 2 or more members and must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

INDUSTRY AWARDS CATEGORIES

  1. Album of the Year

The Album of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most outstanding compilation of hit songs on an album that was released during the year under review. It must have generated the most excitement during the year.

  1. Best Male Vocal Artiste of the Year

The Best Male Vocal Artiste is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the Male artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

  1. Best Female Vocal Artist of the Year

The Best Female Act is adjudged by the Selection and Boards as the Female artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

  1. Music Video of the Year

The Music Video of the year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most creative and entertaining music video produced within the calendar year. The song for which the video has been produced, need not have been released in the year under review. The award goes to both Director and Artiste”

  1. Best Rapper of the Year

The Best Rapper of the year is adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the rap Artiste with the best word compositions, rhymes and rap dexterity on a popular song released in the year under review.

  1. Songwriter of the Year

The Song Writer of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the Song Writer(s) responsible for the song with the most meaningful original lyrics and compositions for any released song during the year under review.

  1. Music Producer of the Year

The Music Producer of the Year award is adjudged by Peers and the Board to be the Producer(s) directly responsible creatively for the best production of a song during the year under review. The song must have been nominated in the Most Popular Song of the Year category.

  1. Sound Engineer of the Year

The Sound Engineer of the Year award is adjudged by Peers and the Board to be the Sound Engineer directly responsible for the recording, mastering and technical treatment of a nominated song during the year under review.

  1. Traditional Artiste(s) of the Year

The Traditional Artiste(s) of the year is adjudged by the Academy and Boards as the most popular performing Traditional or Folkloric Artiste(s) in the year under review.

  1. Record of the Year

The Record of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most outstanding original song that was released during the year under review. It may not have enjoyed huge success, but has quality artistic value.

  1. Instrumentalist of the Year

The Instrumentalist of the Year is an honorary award presented to the most outstanding performing Instrumentalist by the VGMA board in collaboration with the Musicians Union of Ghana.

  1. Music for Development

The Music for Development award is an honorary award that goes to the best song with lyrics and possibly a project or video that promote social development. It must have been released during the year under review.

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is adjudged by the Board as a Living Legend of Ghanaian Music whose works must have spanned generations. The artiste may not have released in the year under review.


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