The nominees of the 2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) were announced in Accra at the weekend. 

Now in its 22nd year, the awards platform, which is organised by Charterhouse Ghana and held in partnership with the Musicians Union of Ghana, recognises outstanding accomplishments across the country’s music industry. The 2021 VGMAs will reward music released between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

Reigning Artist of the Year Kuami Eugene scored the most nominations with 13 nods, including the coveted category he won last year. He is followed by Adina with 11 nominations, making her the most nominated female artist in the history of the awards. KiDi, who was recently crowned Artist of the Year at the 3Music Awards, secured 10 nominations.

Below is the full list of nominees:

Gospel Song of the Year

  • ‘Blessed’ – Akesse Brempong ft. Joe Mettle
  • ‘Favour Everywhere’ – Celestine ft. Evelyn Wanjiru
  • ‘Adom’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘Jesus Over Do’ – Empress Gifty
  • ‘Yesu Mo’ – Joe Mettle
  • ‘Jesus’ – MOG Music
  • ‘Jejeli’ – KobbySalm ft. Okey Sokay
  • ‘Who Say God No Dey’ – Kofi Karikari

Highlife Song of the Year

  • ‘Posti Me’ – Akwaboah
  • ‘Playboy’ – Dada Hafco ft. Akwaboah
  • ‘Enjoyment’ – KiDi
  • ‘Behind The Scenes’ – Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘Open Gate’ – Kuami Eugene
  • ‘Asabone’ – Lord Paper ft. Bosom P-Yung
  • ‘Later’ – Mr Drew ft. Kelvyn Boy
  • ‘Party’ – Sista Afia ft. Fameye

Hiplife Song of the Year

  • ‘Thank God’ – DopeNation ft. Kofi Kinaata
  • ‘Enough Is Enough’ – Eno Barony ft. Wendy Shay
  • ‘Long Life’ – Fameye ft. Kwesi Arthur
  • ‘No Dulling’ – Keche ft. Kuami Eugene
  • ‘Dw3 Remix’ – Krymi ft. Drew ft. All-Stars
  • ‘Pilolo’ – Strongman ft. Kelvyn Boy
  • ‘Happy Day’ – Sarkodie ft. Kuami Eugene
  • ‘Ghetto Boy’ – Tulenkey ft. Kelvyn Boy & Medikal

Hip Hop Song of the Year

  • ‘Ataa Adwoa’ – Bosom PYung
  • ‘Otan Hunu’ – Dead Peepol ft. Rich Kent. Akobam – Joey B ft. Medikal & Kofi Mole
  • ‘Ekorso’ – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw Tog & Ypee
  • ‘Money’ – Kweku Flick Live from 233 – Kwesi Arthur
  • ‘La Hustle Remix’ – Medikal ft. Joey B & Criss Waddle
  • ‘Sore’ – Yaw Tog ft. O’kenneth, City Boy, Reggie, Jay Bahd
  • ‘Force Dem To Play Nonsense’ – Eno Barony ft. Sister Derby & Strongman

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year

  • ‘Why’ – Adina
  • ‘Sheriff’ – MzVee
  • ‘Forever’ – Samini
  • ‘Lonely’ – Jah Lead
  • ‘Killy Killy Rmx’ – Larruso ft. Stonebwoy & Kwesi Arthur
  • ‘Make Up’ – Kaphun ft. Stonebwoy
  • ‘Gye Diee’ – Ras Kuuku ft. MOG Music
  • ‘Mi Dey Up Rmx’ – Kofi Jamar ft. Stonebwoy

Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year

  • ‘Take Care of You’ – Adina ft. Stonebwoy
  • ‘Inna Song’ – Darkovibes ft. King Promise
  • ‘Forever’ – Gyakie
  • ‘Momo’ – KelvynBoy ft. Mugeez & Darkovibes
  • ‘Say Cheese’ – KiDi
  • ‘Sisa’ – King Promise
  • ‘Turn On the Lights’ – Kwesi Arthur
  • ‘Let Me Know’ – Mr Drew
  • ‘Maria’ – Camidoh
  • ‘Emergency’ – Wendy Shay

Afrobeat/Afropop Artist of the Year

  • Adina
  • Darkovibes
  • Camidoh
  • KelvynBoy
  • KiDi
  • King Promise
  • Mr. Drew
  • Wendy Shay

 Unsung Act

  • Nanky
  • Oseikrom Sikani
  • Malcolm Nuna
  • Kwame Yogot
  • Kobby Tuesday
  • Naana Blu
  • Adelaide The Seer
  • Queendalyn Yurglee

Gospel Artist of the Year

  • Akesse Brempong
  • Joe Mettle
  • Celestine Donkor
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Empress Gifty
  • MOG Music
  • Efe Grace
  • Eric Jeshrun

Highlife Artist of the Year

  • Akwaboah
  • Fameye
  • Kofi Kinaata
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Sista Afia
  • Dada Hafco

Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year

  • Epixode
  • Samini
  • Ras Kuuku
  • Kaphun
  • Larruso

Best Video of the Year

  • ‘Why’ – Adina
  • ‘Fancy’ – Amaarae
  • ‘Adom’ – Diana Hamilton.
  • ‘Cold’ – Joey B
  • ‘Open Gate’ – Kuami Eugene
  • ‘On the Street’ – Kweku Smoke
  • ‘Let Me Know’ – Mr Drew
  • ‘Baddest Boss’ – MzVee
  • ‘Kpa’ – Okyeame Kwame
  • ‘Thomas Pompoyeyaw Rmx’ – Pappy Kojo ft. Busiswa Gqulu

Instrumentalist of the Year

  • Joshua Moszi
  • Nana Yaw Sarfo Prince
  • Sennah Emmanuel
  • Bludo Enoch
  • Owuraku Kissi

Songwriter of the Year

  • Diana Hamilton – ‘Adom’
  • Kofi Kinaata – ‘Behind The Scenes’
  • Adina – ‘Hyedin’
  • Joe Mettle – ‘Yesu Mo’
  • Abiana – ‘Adun Lei’
  • Epixode – ‘Too Much’

Record of the Year

  • ‘Be Your Own Beautiful’ – Adomaa
  • ‘Daddy’s Little Girl’ – Adina
  • ‘Fancy’ – Amaarae
  • ‘Die 4 U’ – Cina Soul
  • ‘Too Much’ – Epixode
  • ‘Diplomatic Teef’ – Trigmatic
  • ‘Commot’ – Worlasi
  • ‘Mmusuo’ – YaaYaa

Hiplife/Hip Hop Artist of the Year

  • Eno Barony
  • Joey B
  • Keche
  • Kofi Jamar
  • Kwesi Arthur
  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie
  • Yaw TOG

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • KiDi – ‘One Man’ ft. Adina
  • Joe Mettle – ‘Yesu Mo’
  • Akwaboah – ‘Posti Me’
  • MOG Music – ‘Oguamma’
  • Kyei Mensah – ‘Take It All’
  • Kingsley Amporful – ‘God’

Best Group of the Year

  • Bethel Revival Choir
  • DopeNation
  • Dead Peepol
  • Keche

Best Collaboration of the Year

  • ‘Take Care of You’ – Adina ft. Stonebwoy
  • ‘Inna Song’ – Darkovibes ft. King Promise
  • ‘No Dulling’ – Keche ft. Kuami Eugene
  •  ‘One Man’ – KiDi ft. Adina
  • ‘Ekorso’ – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw TOG & Ypee
  • ‘La Hustle Remix’ – Medikal ft. Joey B & Criss Waddle.
  • ‘Happy Day’ – Sarkodie ft. Kuami Eugene
  • ‘Sore’ – Yaw TOG ft. O’kenneth, City Boy, Reggie, Jay Bahd

Best Rap Performance

  • ‘Best Rapper’ – Amerado 
  • ‘God Is A Woman’ – Eno Barony 
  • ‘Cold’ – Joey B
  • ‘Stop It’ – Medikal
  • ‘Brown Paper Bag’ – Sarkodie ft. M.anifest
  • Flawless – Strongman 

African Artist of the Year

  • Burna Boy
  • Davido
  • Wizkid
  • Master KG
  • Fireboy DML
  • Omah Lay

International Collaboration of the Year

  • ‘Favor Everywhere’ – Celestine Donkor ft. Evelyn Wanjiru
  • ‘The One’ – Efya ft Tiwa Savage
  • ‘Something Nice’ – Kofi Kinaata ft. Patoranking
  • ‘Show Body’ – Kuami Eugene ft. Falz
  • ‘Baajo’ – Kwesi Arthur ft. Joeboy
  • ‘CEO Flow’ – Sarkodie ft. E-40
  • ‘Paper’ – Sista Afia ft Victor AD
  • ‘Thomas Pompoyeyaw Rmx’ – Pappy Kojo ft. Busiswa Gqulu

Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year

  • ‘Ataa Adwoa’ – Bosom PYung
  • ‘Adom’ – Diana Hamilton
  • ‘No Dulling’ – Keche ft. Kuami Eugene
  • ‘Enjoyment’ – KiDi
  • ‘Sisa’ – King Promise
  • ‘Ekorso’ – Kofi Jamar
  • ‘Open Gate’ – Kuami Eugene
  • ‘La Hustle Remix’ – Medikal
  • ‘Happy Day’ – Sarkodie
  • ‘Sore’ – Yaw Tog
  • ‘Say Cheese’ – KiDi
  • ‘Inna Song’ – Darkovibes

Album of the Year

  • Araba – Adina
  • Kpanlogo – Darkovibes
  • Son of Africa – Kuami Eugene
  • The Truth – Medikal
  • Inveencible – MzVee
  • 10 AM – Strongman
  • Blackstar – KelvynBoy
  • Lava Feels – Joey B

EP of the Year

  • Blue – KiDi
  • Seed – Gyakie
  • Different – GuiltyBeatz
  • Mood Swings – Edem
  • This Is Not The Tape, Sorry For The Wait II – Kwesi Arthur
  • The Truth – Kofi Jamar

Best New Artist of the Year

  • Amerado
  • Bosom PYung
  • Dead Peepol
  • Gyakie
  • Kofi Jamar
  • Kweku Flick
  • Larruso
  • Mr Drew
  • Yaw TOG
  • Camidoh

Artist of the Year

  • Adina
  • KiDi
  • Diana Hamilton
  • Kuami Eugene
  • Medikal
  • Sarkodie

Source: musicinafrica.net