1. ARTISTE(S) OF THE YEAR. The Artiste 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. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.
  2. 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 Public as the Artiste(s) with the highest audience appeal and popularity in the Highlife genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album during the year under review.
  3. REGGAE ARTISTE(S) OF THE YEAR. The Reggae 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 genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album in the year under review.
  4. DANCEHALL ARTISTE(S) OF THE YEAR. The 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 Dancehall genre. The Artiste(s) must have released a hit single/album in the year under review.
  5. NEW ARTISTE OF 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 artiste (s). The award goes to the artiste(s) who released a recording that FIRST shot the artiste (s) into the public limelight during the year under review.

6. BEST COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR. The Best Collaboration of the year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as 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.

The Northern Artiste(s) of the Year is the Artiste(s) (non-upper westner) whose music crossed borders and made the most impact in the upper west region during the year under review.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. MOST POPULAR SONG OF THE YEAR. The Most Popular Song of the Year is the song adjudged 100% by the General Public as the most popular song released in the year under review, irrespective of genre. The song must have enjoyed a lot of patronage 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. ALBUM OF THE YEAR. The Album of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board 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.

15. BEST MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR. The Best Male Vocal Artiste is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the Male artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

16. BEST FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR. The Best Female Act is adjudged by the Selection and Boards as the Female artiste (solo) with the best vocal delivery/Performance on any musical presentation which was released during the year under review.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR. The Sound Engineer of the Year award is adjudged by Peers and the Board to be the Sound Engineer directly responsible for the recording, mastering and technical treatment of a nominated song during the year under review.

20. TRADITIONAL ARTISTE(S) OF THE YEAR. The Traditional Artiste(s) of the year is adjudged by the Academy and Boards as the most popular Traditional or Folkloric Artiste(s) in the year under review.

21. HONORARY AWARD. The Honorary Award of the Year is adjudged by the Academy and Board as the most influential and someone who has contributed towards the development of the music industry in the upper west region. THE PERSON WILL BE NOMINATED BY THE BOARD

22. MUSIC FOR DEVELOPMENT. The Music for Development award goes to the best song with lyrics that promote social development. It is adjudged by the Board and the Wa Municipal Assembly and must have been released during the year under review.

23. SANITATION SONG OF THE YEAR

The Sanitation Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Board and the General Public as the song with the highest audience appeal and has sanitation spotlight in the track. The song should be a hit single/album during the year under review.

  1. REVENUE SONG OF THE YEAR.

The Revenue song of the year is the song adjudged by the Board and the General Public as the song with the highest audience appeal and has revenue spotlight in the track. The song should be a hit single/album during the year under review. The year under review is from 26th October, 2017 to 25th October, 2018.

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