Ghanaian artists who gained early international recognition

Talk about world music now and you are sure to hear the mention of the name Ghana, but that wasn’t the case years back. The music scene has expanded, new genres have been caved, crafts have evolved and language has eaten through and broken barriers.


Now in the music history books of BET, GRAMMY AWARDS, MOBO AWARDS, SUNCITY and other recognizable international awards shows, you are very likely to read the names of Sarkodie, Kwesi Arthur, Mzvee, Samini. These are the handful of Ghanaian artists that have either scored nominations or won at some of these most recognized international award shows but per the popularity of events’ sake, we are limiting it to the above-mentioned.

Some Ghanaian artists who received prestigious international recognition in their early break into the music scene.

Budding Ghanaian artiste Sarkodie knocked up his very first international nomination and won in 2012 at the BET awards. not only did he earn recognition with the win, but pushed Ghana a point further on the map of music. 2 years after his first win he gained another nomination in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Sarkodie did a thing again to win another plaque in 2018 at the Suncity awards show. Making him one of Ghana's most consistent acts in the music industry as well as becoming the lot favorite.


Dancehall sensation, Samini made his debut at the MoBo awards when he won the ‘Best African Act’ award. The award marked the introduction of Ghanaian music to the world. He subsequently earned other nominations for MTV Africa awards, Channel O awards, and the Headies.

MzVee got a BET Awards Nomination in 2016 in the Best International Act category as the only Ghanaian to make it to the list that year but she missed out on winning to Black Coffee of South Africa, she will forever receive applause as the first Ghanaian female artist to have been nominated for a BET award.


Kwesi Arthur went on an impeccable run when he shot into the limelight with his unique style. His songs like Anthem attest to his originality. Kwesi Arthur was nominated for the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act at the 2018 BET Awards. Though he lost his bid to South African competitor Sjava, he'll be in Ghana’s history as the first young Artist to be considered for the Best New International Act at the BET Awards.

Black Sherrif, the youngest music sensation gaining mainstream acclaim with his ‘Second Sermon’ song in a little over a year on the Ghanaian music block shot onto the world music market has scored him a nomination at this year's BET awards which is scheduled for September 30, 2022, at the Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. he's competitively racing for the award in the category of "Best International Flow" making him the second youngest champ to bag an international nomination.

Also, an official list of nominees for the 2022 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) has seen Black Sherrif lead with four nominations from Ghana in the category for the Best Male Artiste in Western Africa.

Concurrently, the Konongo superstar is set to release his latest single titled "SOJA" on Thursday, September 22, 2022. This will be his fourth studio recording song in 2022.


Nonetheless, other top-notch artists have equally picked up nominations or won big on international stages. Stonebwoy, R2bees, Gyakie, KiDi, Kuame Eugene, and a host of others have made an impression globally.

Meanwhile, the 2022 AFRIMA will be held from the 8th to the 11th of December 2022. A special announcement will be made on the host country and location for the awards, on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

The AFRIMA awards ceremony will feature a four-day fiesta of music, glitz, and glamour aimed at celebrating Africa, recognizing talents, and expanding the economic frontiers of the culture and creative industry on the continent.

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