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Two previous winners of the Ghana Music Awards ‘Artiste of the Year’ accolade Sarkodie and Okyeame Kwame have topped the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2012 nominations list.

Sarkodie, who is touted as the country’s fastest rapper grabbed 11 nominations to top the list with his ‘Rapperholic’ album, following closely, is the rap doctor Okyeame Kwame with 9 nominations with ‘The Clinic’ album. New entrant Stay Jay grabbed 7 nominations with his album ‘The Repetition’.

Sarkodie who swept 5 awards with 8 nominations at the 2010 edition of the awards with his ‘Makye’ album was nominated in the following categories ‘Artiste(s) of the Year’, ‘Hiplife/HipHop Artiste(s) of the Year’, ‘Hiplife Song of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’, ‘Hip Hop Song Of The Year’, ‘Best Rapper of the year’ and ‘Song Writer Of The Year’.

He obtained 3 nominations in the ‘Best Collaboration of the Year’ category with ‘You Go Kill Me’ and ‘I’m In Love With You’ featuring EL and Efya respectively. Also his feature on Raquel’s ‘Sweetieo’ track also earned them a nomination.

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Rapper Okyeame Kwame, who achieved similar feat as Sarkodie in 2009 awards was the second highest nominee with the following categories ‘Artiste(s) of the Year’, ‘Hiplife/HipHop Artiste(s) of the Year’, ‘Best Collaboration Of The Year’, ‘Hiplife Song of the Year’, ‘Most Popular Song of the Year’, ‘Best Music Video Of The Year’, ‘Best Rapper of the year’, ‘Song Writer Of The Year’ and ‘Record Of The Year.

The two previous winners were both nominated in almost all the categories except the ‘Best Music Video of the Year’, which Sarkodie failed to grab a nomination. However, what differentiated the two was Sarkodie’s triple nominations in the ‘Best Collaboration’ which edged him away from Okyeame Kwame in terms of who tops the overall nominations.

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Stay Jay of ‘Shashe Wowo’ fame was the third highest nominee with 7 nominations.

The nominees were released to the Ghanaian media today at the studios of GhONE Television. This year the winner of the ‘Artiste of the Year’ goes home with GHC10.000.

The award is slated for Saturday, April 14 at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre.

Below is the full list of nominations:

Artiste(s) of the Year

Okyeame Kwame
Kwaw Kesse

Hiplife/HipHop Artiste(s) of the Year

Stay Jay

Okyeame Kwame




Kwaw Kese


Highlife Artiste(s) of the Year

Daddy Lumba

K.K. Fosu

Kwabena Kwabena

Kwasie Pee

George Darko

Lucky Mensah

Gospel Artiste(s) of the Year

DSP Kofi Sarpong

Gifty Osei

Philipa Baafi

Lady Prempeh

Bernice Ansah

Selina Boateng

Best New Artiste(s) of The Year 

Stay Jay

Best Collaboration Of The Year

Trigmatic/Raquel – Aageii
Fuse ODG / Tiffany – Azonto
Raquel/Sarkodie – Sweetieo

Eduwordzi/Stay Jay – Yenko Nkoa
Okyeame Kwame/Bertha – Faithful

Sarkodie/ EL – You Go Kill Me
Sarkodie/Efya – I’m In Love With You

African Artiste(S) Of The Year (Non Ghanaian)

Naeto C
Duncan Mighty
Ice Prince
Cabo Snoop

Hiplife Song of the Year

Stay Jay – Shashee Wowo
Eduwordzi – Yenko Nkoa

4×4 – Yesi Yesii

Keche – Sorkode
Sarkodie – U Go Kill Me
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Buk Bak – Kolom
D-Cryme – Kill Me Shy

Highlife Song of the Year

George Darko – Lucky Star
Lucky Mensah – Nkratuor
Kwabena Maphia – I Go Pay
Daddy Lumba Ko – Hye Po
Kwabena Kwabena – Be Gye Me
K. K Fosu –Akoma

Most Popular Song of the Year

4×4 – Yesi Yesii
Stay Jay – Shashee Wowo
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho
D-Cryme – Kill Me Shy
Sarkodie – U go Kill Me
Zigi – You Say Wetin
Atumpan – The Thing
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful

Afro-Pop Song Of The Year

Ruff N Smooth – Beautiful
Becca  – African Woman
Fuse ODG  – Azonto
Zigi – U Say Wey Tin
Atumpan – The Thing
Raquel  – Sweetieo
Chase  – Tell Me Your Name

Hip Hop Song Of The Year

Bra Kevin – Three Headed Beast
D-Black – My Kind Of Girl
Sarkodie – I’m In Love With You
Edem – Too Much
Guru – Mmaakuo
Kwaw Kese – Poppin

Gospel Song Of The Year

Lady Prempeh  – Nsantaban
Gifty Osei – Fefeefe
Philipa Baafi – Dea Eba Wosem Afe Yi
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho
Jake Alolome – Tomorrow By This Time
DSP Kofi Sarpong – African Borborbo
Bernice Ansah – Final Say

Reggae Song of the Year

Blakk Rasta – Miss Right
Sonni balli – All They See
Edem – Ghetto Arise
Kesse – Oh Yes
Stonebwoy – Climax
Jupiter/Trigmatic – Uptown Downtown

Group of the Year

Buk Bak
Ruff ‘N’ Smooth

Industry Awards:

Album Of The Year

Sarkodie – Rapperholic

Kwaw Kese – Untold Stories

4×4 – Waist And Power

Stay Jay – Repetition

Trigmatic – Solutions

Selina Boateng – Menko Me Ho

Best Male Vocal Artiste

Kesse  – Oh Yes
Fritz –Me Dowu
KK Fosu – Akoma
Kwasey Pee – Shwe Ahenie
Chemphe – Number One
Kwame Adinkra  – Abena Dansoaa

Best Female Vocal Artiste

Efya – I’m In Love With You
Raquel – Odo
Bertha – Faithful
Becca – African Woman
Irene Logan Light – Darkness
Diana Antwi Hamilton – Eye Wo Ara

Best Music Video Of The Year

Becca – African Woman – Davis Media Group
4×4 – Yesi Yesii – Phamous People
DBlack – My Kind Of Girl – Jonathan Olamide & Desmond Blackmore
Mensah – No One Knows – Sam A Kessie
Bra Kevin – 3 Headed Beast – Nana Asihene
Sheriffa Gunu – Mrantie – Phamous Films Production
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful – Ohene Media

Best Rapper Of The Year

Manifest – Ghana Must Go
Sarkodie – U Go Kill Me
Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Edem – Legacy
Trigmatic – Light And Darkness
EL – Obuu Mo

Song Writer Of The Year

Okyeame Kwame – Faithful – Kwame Nsiah Apau
DCryme – Kill Me Shy – Darlington Agyekum
Mensah – Fante Love Song – Mensa Ansah
Manifest/Efya – Asa – Kwame Tsikata /Jane Awindor/ J.Karp
Sarkodie/ Efya – I’m In Love With You – Micheal Owusu Addo / Jane Awindor
Becca – African Woman –  Kiki Banson
Trigmatic – Light And Darkness – Nana Yaw Oduro, Irene Logan

Record Of The Year

Okyeame Kwame – Faithful
Jayso/Adina – Music
Mensah – Fante Love Song
Trigmatic/Irene – Light and Darkness
Sarkodie – I’m In Love With You
Kwame Adinkra – Akua Dansoa
Yaa Pono – Good Morning

Gospel Album Of The Year

Philipa Baafi – Dea Eba Wosem Afe Yi
Selina Boateng – Me Nku Me Ho
Bernice Ansah – Gbenze Gbenze
Lady Prempeh – Ne Ntaban
Diana Antwi Hamilton – Blessings

Skuul Fuo – Chapter One
Gifty Osei – Fefeefe


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