He beat off stiff competition from rappers Sarkodie and Medikal, singer Kofi Kinaata and the only woman in the category, Diana Hamilton, to grab the coveted the award.

The award scheme was launched in 1999 by Charterhouse Productions – an event company in Ghana – and since its inception, a bunch of legends and newcomers have made remarkable impacts on the show.

Categories like “Song of the Year”, “Rapper of the Year”, “Best Collaboration of the Year”, “Reggae-Dancehall Artiste of the Year” and “Best New Artiste of the Year” have generated a lot of conversations and controversies, and widely debated over the years.

However, the conversations and controversies surrounding the “Artiste of the Year” – the topmost category – have been overwhelming.

Kuami Eugene Drops His Two Cents on This Video of Nana Ama McBrown Kissing Her Daughter (1)
Kuami Eugene Drops His Two Cents on This Video of Nana Ama McBrown Kissing Her Daughter (1)
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All the years have winners for the topmost category, however, in 2019, it was annulled due to a brawl that broke between controversial dancehall stars, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, to the extent of one of them brandishing a gun on live television.

The decision by the board not to give the award to any artiste nominated that year allowed late dancehall star Ebony Reigns to reign that year. Indirectly, she reigned for two years.

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So far, the most awarded solo musician in the “Artiste of the Year” category is Sarkodie with two; one won in 2010 and the other in 2012. He is the only musician with two accolades.

In 2017, Joe Mettle shocked music lovers when he became the first Ghanaian gospel musician to win the topmost award.

We have compiled a list of all the winners of the “Artiste of the Year” from 1999 to date.

Find the list below;

1999-Akyeame (Quophi Okyeame and Okyeame Kwame)

Akyeame
Akyeame

2000-Daddy Lumba

2001-Kojo Antwi

2002-Lord Kenya

Lord Kenya
Lord Kenya

2003-Kontihene

2004-VVIP

2005-Obour

2006-Ofori Amponsah

Ofori Amponsah
Ofori Amponsah

2007-Samini

2008-Kwaw Kese

2009-Okyeame Kwame

2010-Sarkodie

Sarkodie
Sarkodie

2011-VVIP

2012-Sarkodie

2013-R2Bees

2014-Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale and Beyoncé in Already music video
Shatta Wale and Beyoncé in Already music video

2015-Stonebwoy

2016-EL

2017-Joe Mettle

2018-Ebony

Remembering Ebony Reigns two years on
Remembering Ebony Reigns two years on

2019 – Annulled

2020 – Kuami Eugene