CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

CATEGORY DEFINITIONS

1. Artiste(s) of the Year
The Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Publicas the artiste who released a hit single/album during the year under review and: -Has a high audience appeal and popularity -Must be one of the artistes with the highest nominations in the year under review

2. Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste(s) of the Year
The Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Publicas having with the highest audience appeal and popularityin the Hiplife/Hip Hop Genre. They must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

3. Highlife Artiste(s) of the Year
The Highlife Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Publicas the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appealand popularity in the Highlife genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

4. Reggae/Dancehall Artiste(s) of the Year
The Reggae/Dancehall Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Reggae/Dancehall genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album in the year under review.

5. Gospel Artiste(s) of the Year
The Gospel Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Gospel genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

6. New Artisteof the Year
The New Artiste of the Year is the Artiste(s) adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most promising and talented emerging artiste (s). The award goes to a relatively new artiste(s) who released a single/album that establishes the public identity of the artiste.

7. Best Collaboration of the year
The Best Collaboration of the year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Publicas the song released through the collaboration/featuring of two or more Artistes. The song must have been released and generated the most excitement during the year under review.

8. Hiplife Song of the Year
The Hiplife Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Hiplife song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

9. Highlife song of the Year
The Highlife song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Highlife song released in the year under review and generated the most excitement during the year.

10. Afro-Pop Song of the Year
The Afro-Pop Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular song that is a cross pollination of music genres. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year under review.

11. Hip Hop Song of the Year
The Hip Hop song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Hip Hop song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

12. Gospel Song of the year
The Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Gospel Song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

13. Reggae Song of the Year
The Reggae song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Reggae song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.

14. Best Group of the Year
The Best Group of the Year is the Artistes adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the group with the highest audience appeal and popularity. They must comprise of at least 2 or more members and must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.

15. Best Rapper of the Year
The Best Rapper of the year is adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the rap Artiste with the best word compositions, rhymes and rap dexterity on a popular song released in the year under review.

16. Song of the Year
The Song of the Year is the song nominated solely by the public and adjudged by theAcademy, Board and General 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.

TECHNICAL/INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

17. Album of the Year
The Album of the Year is adjudged by the AcademyandBoard as the most outstanding compilation of hit songs on an album that was released during the year under review. It must have generated the most excitement during the year.

18. Best Male VocalArtiste of the Year
The Best Male Vocal Artiste is adjudged by the AcademyandBoard as the Male artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

19. Best Female Vocal Artistof the Year
The Best Female Act is adjudged by the AcademyandBoards as the Female artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

20. Music Video of the Year
The Music Video of the year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most creative and entertaining music video produced within the calendar year. The song for which the video has been produced, need not have been released in the year under review. The award goes to both Director and Artiste

21. Songwriter of the Year
The Song Writer of the Year is adjudged by the Academy andBoard as the Song Writer(s) responsible for the song with the most originallyrics and compositions for any released song during the year under review.

22. Record of the Year
The Record of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most outstanding original song that was released during the year under review. It may not have enjoyed huge commercial success, but has quality artistic and production values.

23. Music Producer of the Year
The Music Producer of the Year is adjudged to be the Producer(s) directly responsible for the production of the Song of the Year.

24. Sound Engineer of the Year
The Sound Engineer of the Year is adjudged by the Board to be the Sound Engineer(s) directly responsible for the recording, mixing and technical production of the song adjudged as the Record of the Year

25. Instrumentalist of the Year
The Instrumentalist of the Year is adjudged by the Board as the most outstandinglive instrumental performanceon a single/album that was released during the year under review. It may not have enjoyed huge commercial success, but has quality artistic values.

26. African Artiste(s) of the Year
The African Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) (non-Ghanaian) adjudged solely by the Board as the act whose music crossed borders and made the most impact on the continent at large during the year under review.

27. Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award is adjudged by the Board as a Living Legend of Ghanaian Music whose works must have spanned generations. The artiste may not have released in the year under review.