The very award category that is valued by most musicians is the Artiste of the Year award. It is the biggest award of the night giving whoever wins it the bragging right to hit his or her chest that he’s the best among the best in the year under review.
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This category has been dominated by male musicians. However, this jinx was broken by Rufftown Records former signee Ebony Reigns who won the awards posthumously after her death on February 8, 2018.
Below are the winners of the Artiste of the Year category of the Ghana Music Awards from 1999-2020.
- 1999-Akyeame (Quophi Okyeame and Okyeame Kwame)
- 2000-Daddy Lumba
- 2001-Kojo Antwi
- 2002-Lord Kenya
- 2006-Ofori Amponsah
- 2008-Kwaw Kese
- 2009-Okyeame Kwame
- 2014-Shatta Wale
- 2017-Joe Mettle
- 2019 – Annulled (because of the fracas that happened between Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy on that very night. This made Ebony to reign for 2 years an Artiste of the Year.)
- 2020 – Kuami Eugene