CATEGORIES & DEFINATION

 1.      HIPLIFE/HIP-HOP ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

The Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Hiplife genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally during the year under review.

 

2.      Hiplife/Hip-Hop Song Of The Year

The Hiplife/Hip-Hop Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public as having the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Hiplife/Hip-Hop genre. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year under review. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician outside of the UK.

 

3.      Highlife Song Of The Year

The Highlife Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public to be the most popular song with the highest audience appeal released in the year under review.

The song must have generated the most excitement during the year. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician outside of the UK..

 

4.      Highlife Artiste Of The Year

The Highlife Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Highlife genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally during the year under review..

 

5.      Gospel Song Of The Year

Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public as having the highest audience appeal and most popularity in the gospel genre. The song must have been released and generated the most excitement during the year. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician outside of the UK.

 

6.      Gospel Artiste Of The Year

Gospel Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the gospel genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally during the year under review..

 

7.      Reggae/Dancehall Artiste Of The Year

The Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Reggae/Dancehall genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally in the year under review.

 

8.      Reggae/Dancehall Song Of The Year

The Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public to be the most popular Reggae/Dancehall song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year and have the highest audience appeal. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician outside of the UK.

 

9.      Afrobeats Artiste Of The Year

Afrobeats Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Afrobeats genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally in the year under review.

 

10.    Afrobeats Song Of The Year

Afrobeats Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public to be the most popular Afrobeats song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year and have the highest audience appeal. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician outside of the UK.

 

11.  Best Male Vocalist Of The Year

The Best Male Vocal Artiste is adjudged by the academy and board as the male solo artiste with the best vocal delivery or performance on any musical presentation that was released during the year under review.

 

12.  Best Female Vocalist Of The Year

The Best Female Vocal Artiste is adjudged by the academy and board as the female solo artiste with the best vocal delivery or performance on any musical presentation that was released during the year under review.

 

13.  Best Instrumentalist Of The Year

The Best Instrumentalist of the Year is adjudged by the board and academy as the most exceptional live instrumental performance in any category. It should have quality artistic values.

 

14.    Songwriter Of The Year

The Songwriter of the Year is adjudged by the board and academy as the person responsible for the best written song with original content, discerning lyrics, and musical compositions during the year under review for a song. The songwriter’s song must have been nominated in any of the categories.

 

15.    Best Group Of The Year

The Best Group of the Year is the group of Ghanaian artistes outside of the UK, adjudged by the board, the academy, and the public as the group with the highest audience appeal and popularity. The group must comprise two or more members and must have released a popular song or single or toured internationally under the calendar year.

 

16.  Best Rapper Of The Year

The Best Rapper of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste outside of the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the Rap artiste with the best word compositions and creations who has generated a high audience appeal with a released single/album or toured internationally during the year in contention..

 

17.    Best Collaboration Of The Year

The Best Collaboration of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public to be the one released through the collaboration or featuring of two or more artistes outside the UK. The song must have been released and generated the most excitement during the year under review.

 

18.  New Artiste Of The Year

The Best New Artiste of the Year is any Ghanaian artiste(s) outside the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the most talented barely-established artiste. The award goes to a relatively new artiste who released a single or album and made a huge presence during the year under review.

 

19.  Popular Song Of The Year

The Most Popular Song of the Year is the song adjudged solely by the public as the most popular song released in the year under review. The song must have enjoyed a lot of patronage and generated the most excitement during the year under review.

 

20.  Artiste Of The Year

The Artiste of the Year is any Ghanaian artiste(s) outside the UK adjudged by the academy

, board, and public as the artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artiste(s) must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally during the year under review.

 

21.  Uncovered Artiste Of The Year

The Uncovered Artiste of the Year is any Ghanaian artiste outside the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste. The award goes to a relatively up-and-coming artist who is yet to be recognised in the mainstream music industry. He or she must have released a single or album and made a huge presence during the year under review.

 

22.  Producer Of The Year

The Producer of The year is adjudged by the academy, board, and the public as the music producer/sound engineer directly responsible for the recording, mixing and technical production of a song/album. The Producer must have produced most of the popular songs during the year under review.

 

23.  Best Music Video Of The Year

The Best Music Video of the Year is adjudged by the board, the academy, and the public as the most creative and entertaining visual representation of any song released during the year of review.

 

24.  Most Dominant Fanbase Of The Year

Most Dominant Fanbase of the Year describes the core followers of an artiste adjudged solely by the public, as the fanbase with the highest influence on an artiste, affecting sales, streams, and with a strong presence on all social media platforms under the year in review.

 

25.  UK Based Best DJ Of The Year

UK Based Best DJ of The Year is an award adjudged by the academy, board, and the public in the UK as the most popular DJ during the year under review. The DJ must have huge influence and following in clubs and radio stations in and around the UK with their song selections, mixing and knowledge of music.

 

26.  UK Based Uncovered Artiste Of The Year

The UK Based Uncovered Artiste of the Year is the artiste adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the most promising and talented Ghanaian emerging artiste based in the UK. The award goes to a relatively up-and-coming artiste who is yet to be recognised in the mainstream music industry and has released a single or album that made a huge presence during the year under review.

 

27.  UK Based Songwriter Of The Year

The UK Based Songwriter of the Year is adjudged by the board and academy as a Ghanaian based in the UK who is responsible for the best-written song with original content, discerning lyrics, and music compositions for a song during the year under review. The songwriter’s song must have been nominated in any of the categories.

 

28.    UK Based Best Instrumentalist Of The Year

The UK Based Best Instrumentalist of the Year is adjudged by the board, academy , and public as a Ghanaian based in the UK with the most exceptional live instrumental performance on a song that has been nominated in any category . It should have quality artistic values.

 

29.  UK Based Afrobeats Artiste Of The Year

UK Based Afrobeats Artiste of the Year is the artiste adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal in the United Kingdom and notable in the creation of cross music genres that combine West African musical styles, juju, and authentic highlife blends. The artiste must have released a single or album or toured internationally during the year in review.

 

30.    UK Based Afrobeats Song Of The Year

Afrobeats Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public to be the most popular Afrobeats song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year and have the highest audience appeal. The song must have been released by a Ghanaian musician based in the UK.

 

31.    UK Based Highlife Song of The Year

UK Based Highlfie Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy , board , and public as the highlife song with the highest audience appeal in the UK . The song must have been released as a single or as part of an album under the year in review.

 

32.  UK Based Highlife Artiste of The Year

The UK Based Highlife Artiste of the Year is the Ghanaian artiste based in the UK adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Highlife genre. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured internationally during the year under review.

 

33.  UK Based Artiste Of The Year

The UK Based Artiste of the Year is the artiste adjudged by the academy, board, and public to have the highest audience appeal and popularity. The artiste must have released a hit single or album or toured during the year under review.

 

34.  UK Based Live Performance Band Of The Year

The UK Based Live Performance Band of the Year is the band adjudged by the board and academy as the most promising live band performance group , comprising skilled and talented individuals with the highest audience appeal and exceptional creativity . The group must have toured and/or performed at several recognised events in the UK during the year under review..

 

35.  UK Based Gospel Song Of The Year

The UK Based Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the most popular gospel song with massive airplay during the year under review. The song must have generated huge excitement in the Christian community and at social gatherings in and around the United Kingdom.

 

36.  UK Based Gospel Artiste Of The Year

The UK Based Gospel Artiste of the Year is the artiste adjudged by the board, academy, and public to be the Ghanaian UK-based artiste with the highest audience appeal in and around the United Kingdom during the year under review, with a heavy stage presence and craft.

The artiste must have released a single or an album during the year in review.

 

37.  UK Based Best Collaboration Of The Year

The UK Based Best Collaboration of the Year is the song adjudged by the academy, board, and public as the song released through the collaboration or featuring of two or more artistes based in the UK. The song must have been released and generated the most excitement during the year under review.

 

38.  UK Based Producer Of The Year

The Producer of The year is adjudged by the academy, board, and the public as the music producer/sound engineer directly responsible for the recording, mixing and technical production of a song/album. The Producer must be based in the UK and must have produced most of the popular songs during the year under review.

 

39.    Ghanaian Contemporary Act of The Year

The Contemporary Act of the Year is the act adjudged by the board, the academy, and the public as the artiste with the highest audience appeal who is notable in the creation of authentic contemporary or indigenous Ghanaian music.

 

40.  Ghanaian European Artiste Of The Year

The Ghanaian European Artiste of the Year is a Ghanaian European-based artiste adjudged by the board, the academy, and the public as the artiste with exceptional audience appeal through performance, song(s) released under the year in review, and whose music has crossed over into the UK and across Europe.

 

41.  Ghanaian European Song of The Year

Ghanaian European Song of the Year is a song adjudged by the board, the academy, and the public as the most popular song within Europe with the greatest public appeal . The song must have been released by a Ghanaian European -based artiste during the year in review . The artiste with exceptional audience appeal through performance , song(s) released under the year in review, and whose music has crossed over into the UK and across Europe.

 

42.  Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is conferred by the board and academy on legends only. A Ghanaian music legend in or outside the UK who has over the years achieved great success and has influenced society with his or her music positively.

 

43.  Special Recognition Award

The Special Recognition Award is conferred to a Ghanaian artiste, personality , or group by the board and academy as person (s) who have in their own way done something extra – ordinary in the music industry that deserves to be praised.