Confused About Who Should Have Won What? Here Are Definitions Of The VGMA Categories

King Promise and Darko Vibes performing at VGMA 21

As it has become the norm, after every Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) there are fans who disagree with some of the winners of the categories.

This year, much of the disagreement is with Kuami Eugene’s win as the Artiste of the Year.

Though they might be justified, much of the disagreement is with lack of understanding of the various categories and who might have an upper hand in it.

Below are the various VGMA categories and their definitions.

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 who released a hit single/album during the year under review and:  -Has a high audience appeal and popularity -Must be one of the artistes with the highest nominations in the year under review.

2.               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.

3.               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.

4.               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.

5.               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.

6.               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 single/album that establishes the public identity of the artiste. 

7.               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.

8.               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.

9.               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.

10.            Afrobeats Song of the Year

The Afrobeats 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.

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