From Daddy Lumba To Kuami Eugene Here’s A Full List Of VGMA Artiste Of The Year Winners

Artiste of the year VGMA 2020
Kuami Eugene performing at the 2020 VGMA//Photo credit:

In the Grammy’s, what is aruguably the world’s most pretigious music awards, the Album of the Year is the most coveted award category.

However, in the Ghana Music Awards which is currently branded the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, the most coveted category is the Artiste of The Year.

Since the music awards commenced in 1999, we have had 21 editions of the awards show, however, the Artiste of the Year category has been awarded 20 times. Last year, that category was annulled following the altercation between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.

Though no musician has been able to win the Artiste of the Year category back to back, others such as Okyeame Kwame, VVIP, Sarkodie have won that category more than once.

See below for all the VGMA Artiste of the Year winners since 1999 to 2020:

1999 – Akyeame (Quophi Okyeame and Okyeame Kwame)

2000 – Daddy Lumba

Daddy Lumba

2001 – Kojo Antwi

Kojo Antwi

2002 – Lord Kenya

Lord Kenya

2003 – Kontihene

Kontihene. Photo Credit: Kontinent/Instagram

2004 – VVIP (Back in 2004, the group was known as VIP)


2005 – Obour

Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) is the former President of MUSIGA

2006 – Ofori Amponsah

Ofori Amponsah. Photo credit: Ofori Amponsah/Instagram

2007 – Samini


2008 – Kwaw Kese

Kwaw Kese

2009 – Okyeame Kwame

Okyeame Kwame, nicknamed Rap Doctor, is a Ghanaian musician, songwriter, creative director and entrepreneur

2010 – Sarkodie

Sarkodie. Photo credit: Sarkodie/Instagram

2011 – VVIP (Back in 2011, the group was known as VIP)


2012 – Sarkodie

Sarkodie. Photo Credit: Sarkodie/Instagram

2013 – R2Bees


2015 – Stonebwoy

Ghanaian Dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy

2016 – EL


2017 – Joe Mettle

Joe Mettle, Gospel musician

2018 – Ebony

The late Afrobeats/Dancehall artiste, Ebony

2019 – Cancelled

2020 – Kuami Eugene

Kuami Eugene at the 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (image via

Can Kuami Eugene do the unthinkable and win this award back to back for the first time in VGMA history? 2021 has the answer.


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