VGMA Category Definitions

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VGMA category definitions, VGMA, Category, Definitions

The 2020 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is here upon us and just like any other every year, we hear radio presenters and the general public raise arguments as to what qualifies what song into which category and what the judges consider before nominating any song for any particular category.

To avoid such discussions and make good and straight points, Ghana’s Fact Hub & More, www.ghkasa.com has shared VGMA category definitions that can be filed for the artists, entertainment analysts, as well as the general public, are well informed to make meaningful arguments.

Note that, this particular article was made in 2017 by www.nydjlive.com and we want to infor you that, this list has not been updated yet. We have tried reaching out to organizers for the recent definitions but to no avail.

VGMA category definitions, VGMA, Category, Definitions

Check out the 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(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during 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.

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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 FIRST shot the artiste(s) into the limelight during the year under review.

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. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Reggae/Dancehall 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.

16. 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.

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17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

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20. 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”

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Traditional Artiste(s) of the Year

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

25. 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.

26. Instrumentalist of the Year

The Instrumentalist of the Year is an honorary award presented to the Instrumentalist who performed creditably on a number of hit songs that were released during the year under review. It is adjudged by the Board and awarded to the Instrumentalist who had the most influence on the music scene.

27. 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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