The ability of an artiste to secure more than a couple of nominations at the biggest local awards stage; the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) does explain the work the individual has put into his or her craft.
Although the number of nominations does not necessarily mean the artiste will be sweeping all the awards on the night, it somehow gives credence to the popular saying that “every nominee is a potential winner, one needs to be good to be nominated.”
As Ghana looks forward to the big night where Ghanaian music will be celebrated and the people who make us move out feet and forget all about our miseries be deservedly honoured and awarded, we take a look at the artistes with the highest number of nominations and other facts.
On April 4 2021, Charterhouse, organizers of the VGMA together with their partners announced the full list of nominees for the VGMA22 on TV3 and on their social media platforms.
These Are Facts About The VGMA22 Nominations
- Total number of nominations – 215
- Total number of nominees – 111
- Total number of male nominees – 86
- Total number of female nominees – 24
- Total number of Ghanaian nominees – 97
- Total number of foreign nominees – 14
- Total number of categories – 29
- New categories introduced – 2 ( EP of the Year & Afrobeats/Afropop Artiste of the Year)
- Total number of song categories – 8
- Total number of Artistes categories – 9
- Total number of other categories – 17
- Total number of local categories – 28
- Total number of international categories – 1
- Categories with the most nominations – Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year (12), Best Afrobeats/Afropop Song (11) & Best New Artiste (10)
- Category with least nomination – Best Group of the Year (4)
Now, out of the 111 nominations, these are the top 10 artistes with the highest number of nominations at the VGMA22
1, Adina Thembi
Adina Thembi has 10 nominations at the VGMA22. The highest by any artiste. It is a no mean feat chaled by the female act.
Categories she has been nominated for at the VGMA22 include:
- Best Reggae Dancehall Song – Why
- Best Afrobeats/ Afropop Song – Take care of you – Adina ft Stonebwoy
- Best Music Video – Why
- Songwriter Of The Year – Adina (Hyedin)
- Record Of The Year – Daddy’s Little girl – Adina
- Best Female Vocal Performance – Adina – Hear me
- Collaboration Of The Year – Take care of you – Adina ft Stonebwoy
- Best Afrobebats/Afropop Artiste – Adina
- Album of the Year – Araba – Adina
- Artiste of the Year – Adina
KiDi has 9 nominations at the VGMA22. the most nominations he has ever secured at the big stage.
Categories he has been nominated for at VGMA22 include:
- Artiste of the Year – Kidi
- Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year – Enjoyment – KiDi
- Best Afrobebats/Afropop Artiste – KiDi
- EP of the Year – Blue – Kidi
- Collaboration Of The Year – One man – Kidi ft Adina
- Best Male Vocal Performance – Kidi – One man
- Best Afrobeats/ Afropop Song – Say cheese – Kidi
- Best Highlife Song – Enjoyment – Kidi
- Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year – Say Cheese – KiDi
3, Kofi Jamar
The Kumerica vibe has proven that it was not a fl;uke as it has secured Kofi Jamar 7 nominations at the VGMA22.
Categories he has been nominated for at the VGMA22 include:
- Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year – Ekorso – Kofi Jamar ft. Yaw Tog & YPee
- Best New Artiste – Kofi Jamar
- Best Hiplife/Hip hop Artiste – Kofi Jamar
- EP of the Year – The Truth – Kofi Jamar
- Collaboration Of The Year – Ekorso – Kofi Jamar ft Yaw Tog & Y Pee
- Best Reggae Dancehall Song – Mi dey up Remix – Kofi Jamar ft Stonebwoy
- Best Hip-Hop Song – Ekorso – Kofi Jamar ft Yaw Tog & Y Pee
The following artistes are also on the top nomination VGMA22 LIST
- Sarkodie – 7 nominations
- Kuami Eugene – 7
- Medikal – 7
- Diana Hamliton – 6
- Mr Drew – 6
- Kwesi Artuhr – 5
- Darkovibes – 5
- Keche – 5
- Joey B – 5
1, Note that for the 11th year running, rapper Sarkodie has been nominated for the Artiste of the Year category at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). The most by any artistes in the history of the award.
2, Note that Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, for the second year running, are not going to be partakers in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
3, Note that, they are also several other miscellaneous categores including honourary awards amonsgt others for the VGMA22.
4, For the first time ever, KiDi has two songs nominated for the same category: “Say Cheese” and “Enjoyment” nominated for the Song Of The Year category.
5, Date of or for the VGMA22: The VGMA22 will be held earlier than when it was held in 2020 due to COVID-19. As usual, the VGMA22 is expected to be held around the end of the month of May 2022.
6, Adina becomes the first female ACT to be nominated for 10 categories at the VGMA22.
Clcik HERE to check out the full list of nominees for VGMA22