Organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) have unveiled nominations for the 22nd Edition of the Scheme.
The announcement event was broadcasted on TV3 and on social media via Charterhouse Live. The hour-long event was packed and compact with performances from the Afro Harmony Band, Eno Barony, Kobby Salm and Efe Grace, Adina and Epixode, Mr. Drew, and Mister Okyere.
Nominations & Categories
Organizers received several hundreds of entries after a call was made on the 19th of January.
Approximately 6 weeks after the end of Call, Nominations were unveiled with a total of 111 nominees taking place in the 215 total nominations.
There were 86 Male nominees and 24 Female nominees without counting group nominees. 97 nominees are Ghanaian and 14 are foreign.
The nominations were across some 29 Categories with Charterhouse introducing 2 new Categories; EP of the Year and Afrobeats/Afropop Artiste of the Year. VGMA22 has 8 Song Categories, 9 Artiste Categories, and 17 Others. 28 categories are Ghanaian and 1 International Category.
The category with the most nominations is the Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year with 12 Songs followed by Best Afrobeats/Afropop Song, Best Video, and Best New Artiste with 10 nominations each.
The Category with the least number of Nominations is Best Group with 4 nominations.
Adina Thembi became the first lady to receive 11 nominations (10 individual nominations and 1 featured nomination).
This feat is seconded only by Ebony who posthumously bagged 7 nominations in the 19th Edition in 2018, she won 4 of the awards including the coveted Artiste of the Year accolade.
This is also the first year 2 Ladies have been nominated in the Artistes of the Year Category since the inception of the scheme.
Adina Thembi and Diana Antwi Hamilton become the first two women to attain this feat.
Kuami Eugene topped total nominations with 13, 7 being individual and 6 featured. KiDi had a total of 9 nominations. Medikal had 7 nominations with 2 songs he featured on also receiving nominations; that brings his total mentions to 9.
Sarkodie and Kofi Jamar had 7 nominations each, Mr. Drew 6 nominations and so did Diana Hamilton to lead the gospel pack.
Joey B had 5 nominations and 3 features, giving a total of 8. Kwesi Arthur 5 nominations with 1 feature giving him a total of 6.
Yaw tog had 5 nominations and features on 2 other songs which were nominated pushing him up to 7.
Darkovibes has 5 nominations and is featured on a nominated song and so has a total of 6 mentions.
Joe Mettle has 4 nominations and a feature totaling 5 just as Kofi Kinaata. Eno Barony has 4 nominations. Kelvynboy has 3 nominations and is featured on 3 other songs pushing his mentions to 6.
Source: Ghana Music Live/Richmond Adu-Poku