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FEEL THE ‘RHYTHM OF CREATIVITY’ AT GHANA MUSIC HONOURS 2017

The honour is awarded by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The Awards have grown over the years and now has 20 categories adjudged by an academy of musicians (peers) and one popular category voted for by the general public.

The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists and is an event attended strictly by the invitation of the Union. Over the years, invitees have been musicians, outstanding members of the Ghanaian society and members of the diplomatic corp.

CATEGORIES

Best Band Honour, Best DJ Honour, Afro Pop Artist Honour, Hiplife Artist Honour, Highlife Artist Honour, Reggae/Dancehall Artist Honour, Gospel Artist Honour, Music Producer Honour, Best Music Video Honour, Most Promising Act Honour, Best Male Artist Honour, Best Female Artist Honour, Best Group Honour, People’s Choice Artist Honour, Traditional Music Honour, Music Industry Development Honour, Music Promoter Honour, Evergreen Highlife Artist Honour, Evergreen Hiplife Artist Honour, Evergreen Gospel Artist Honour, President’s Choice Honour.

NOMINATIONS & DEFINITIONS

Best Band Honour This honour goes to the music band(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the year under review. This band must have played several prominent shows and distinguished themselves. · Afro Harmony · Big Heels Band · OBY Band · Patch Bay Band · Shabbo Crew

Best DJ Honour This honour goes to the disk jockey(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the year under review. This DJ must have contributed immensely to the promotion of Ghanaian music, performed alongside artists on several platforms, as well as performed as an individual. · DJ Black · DJ Mic Smith · DJ Slim · DJ Vision · DJ Vyrusky

Afro Pop Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Afro Pop genre in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · Adina · Efya · Joey B · R2Bees · Ruff and Smooth

Hiplife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Hiplife genre in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · EL · Guru · Kofi Kinaata · Sarkodie · VVIP

NOMINATIONS & DEFINITIONS

Highlife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Highlife genre in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · Akwaboah · Becca · Bisa K.Dei · Kwabena Kwabena · Ofori Amponsah Reggae/Dancehall Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Reggae/Dancehall genre in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · MzVee · Raz Kuuku · Samini · Shatta Wale · Stonebwoy Gospel Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding Gospel artist in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · Joe Mettle · Nacy · Nicholas Omane Achaempong · Ohemaa Mercy · SP Kofi Sarpong Music Producer Honour This honour goes to a music producer(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding producer in the year under review. The producer must have contributed to hits songs with high production standards. · B2 · Beatz Dakay · Julz · Kaywa · Kuvee Best Music Video Honour This honour is given for the most outstanding, Creative and entertaining video released in the year. The video must have aided the rise of the song and must have been released in the year under review. · Becca ft Bisa K Dei – Beshiwo · Edem ft Reekado Banks – Nyedzilo · Guru – Samba · Okyeame Kwame ft MzVee – Small Small · R2bees ft Wizkid – Tonight

MUSICIANS UNION OF GHANA NOMINATIONS & DEFINITIONS

Most Promising Act Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) who first gained recognition in the year under review. This artist may not have had a hit single(s)/album(s), but has shown immense promise as an emerging artist. · Article Wan · Cina Soul · Ebony · Fancy Gadam · Medikal

Best Male Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding male artist in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · EL · Kofi Kinaata · Sarkodie · Shatta Wale · Stonebwoy

Best Female Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding female artist in the year under review. The artist must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · Adina · Becca · Efya · MzVee · Wiyaala

Best Group Honour This honour goes to a group(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding group in the year under review. The group must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · 4×4 · Galaxy · R2Bees · Ruff and Smooth · VVIP

Best Group Honour This honour goes to a group(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding group in the year under review. The group must have released a single(s)/ album(s) which gained nationwide recognition. · 4×4 · Galaxy · R2Bees · Ruff and Smooth · VVIP People’s Choice Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by the public to be the most popular and successful artist in the year under review. This honour is decided 100% by votes from the public. · Bisa K.Dei · Efya · EL · Joey B · Kofi Kinaata · MzVee · Sarkodie · Shatta Wale · Stonebwoy · VVIP Traditional Music Honour This honour is given to an individual or group adjudged by peers within the industry as having been most outstanding in his/her contribution to the development of the genre and the music industry over the years. Music Industry Development Honour This honour goes to an individual(s) or organization that has contributed immensely in diverse ways over the years to the development and betterment of the Ghana music industry. Music Promoter Honour This honour is given to an individual(s) or organization whose contribution to the promotion of Ghanaian music and musicians locally or internationally has been outstanding over the years. Evergreen Highlife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Highlife genre over the years. Evergreen Hiplife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Hiplife genre over the years. Evergreen Gospel Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding Gospel artist over the years. President’s Choice Honour The ‘President’s Choice Honour’ goes to an individual or organization adjudged by the President of MUSIGA as having contributed immensely to the development of MUSIGA and Ghanaian music in general.

NOMINATIONS & DEFINITIONS

People’s Choice Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by the public to be the most popular and successful artist in the year under review. This honour is decided 100% by votes from the public. · Bisa K.Dei · EL · Guru · Joe Mettle · Joey B · Kofi Kinaata · MzVee · Sarkodie · Shatta Wale · Stonebwoy Traditional Music Honour This honour is given to an individual or group adjudged by peers within the industry as having been most outstanding in his/her contribution to the development of the genre and the music industry over the years.

Music Industry Development Honour This honour goes to an individual(s) or organization that has contributed immensely in diverse ways over the years to the development and betterment of the Ghana music industry. Music Promoter Honour This honour is given to an individual(s) or organization whose contribution to the promotion of Ghanaian music and musicians locally or internationally has been outstanding over the years.

Evergreen Highlife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Highlife genre over the years. Evergreen Hiplife Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding in the Hiplife genre over the years. Evergreen Gospel Artist Honour This honour goes to an artist(s) adjudged by their peers to be the most outstanding Gospel artist over the years. President’s Choice Honour The ‘President’s Choice Honour’ goes to an individual or organization adjudged by the President of MUSIGA as having contributed immensely to the development of MUSIGA and Ghanaian music in general.

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