Spread the loveThe Ghana DJ Awards team has tirelessly sought to appreciate DJs for various levels of work they do. It is important to...
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The Ghana DJ Awards team has tirelessly sought to appreciate DJs for various levels of work they do. It is important to note that, technology and advancement in the Music and Entertainment industry as a whole, has been tremendous. DJs of today are known to multi-task to the extent that, most of them can fit into at least 2 or 3 different categories and genres.

Ghana DJ Awards 2019 Category Definitions & Eligibility

Best Regional DJ of the Year
The Regional DJ of the Year is the DJ adjudged by the Board and the General Public as the DJ with the highest audience appeal, event organizers’ appeal and general popularity in their region. The DJ must have played at significant shows in the region during the year under review.

Gospel DJ of The Year
The Gospel DJ of the Year will be awarded to the DJ adjudged by the public and the board as the DJ who promoted Ghanaian Gospel music exceptionally on air playing at least 40% local gospel music on their show. DJs who present weekly shows will be eligible for nomination. The category is for both radio and mobile DJs.

High Life DJ Of The Year
The Highlife DJ of the Year will be presented to a Radio DJ adjudged by the public and board as one with exceptional visibility who played and promoted eighty 80% or more of High Life music in most of their radio or mobile shows. During the year under review, the DJ must have also played some significant live events.

Best Hip Life/Afrobeats DJ Of The Year
The Hiplife/Afrobeats DJ of the Year will be presented to a DJ who played and promoted 80% or more hiplife and afrobeats during his or her shows either on radio or club and is adjudged by the public and the board as the best Hiplife/afrobeats DJ for the year under review. The DJ must have generated most excitement amongst hiplife and afrobeats lovers and recognized by music artistes as a promoter of the genre during the year under review.

Reggae/Dancehall DJ Of The Year
The reggae dancehall DJ of the year award will be presented to the Club, mobile or Radio Reggae DJ adjudged by the public and the Jury based on creativity in music presentation and visibility. The DJ must also be known to have played at significant reggae/dancehall shows, as well as club gigs associated with Reggae/Dancehall.

DJ’s Song of the Year (DJ’s Choice)
This category will be voted for exclusively by club, mobile and radio DJs and they will choose which song was the most popular among DJs and music fans in Ghana and was beyond. The song’s influence should have been felt in the club on the radio and outdoors and should also be popular among the fans and enjoyed a high appeal and rotation during the year under review. Only songs made by Ghanaian artistes are eligible.

DJ/Artiste Collaboration of the Year
This category will be voted for exclusively by the public, club, mobile and radio DJs and they will choose which song was the most popular among DJs and music fans in Ghana and was beyond. The song’s influence should have been felt in the club, social media, on the radio and outdoors and should also be popular among the fans and enjoyed a high appeal and rotation during the year under review. Only songs made by Ghanaian DJs are eligible.

Best Male Radio DJ Of The Year
The Best Male Radio DJ award goes to the DJ adjudged by the public and the jury as the best male DJ who owns a radio show, based on his performance during the year under review. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel, etc, on radio. The DJ could either be, in addition to radio, a Night Club or Mobile DJ and must have excelled in the areas of: residencies, listener-ship, collaborations and/or patronage. The DJ must have a high listener-ship and visibility.

Best Female Radio DJ Of The Year
The Best Female Radio DJ award goes to the DJ adjudged by the public and the jury as the best female DJ who owns a radio show, based on her performance during the year under review. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc. The DJ must have a high listener-ship and visibility.

Best Campus DJ Of The Year
The Best Campus DJ award goes to the DJ adjudged by the public and the jury as the best campus DJ for the year based on his or her performance during the year under review. The DJ must have played significant gigs on campus and known amongst tertiary students as an exceptionally creative entertainer. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc. The DJ could also be on radio.

Night Club DJ Of The Year
The Night Club DJ of the Year award goes to the DJ adjudged by the public and the jury as the best Night Club DJ for the year under review based on his/her performance during the year under review. The DJ must have high crowd appeal and known amongst club goers. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc and must have excelled in the areas of: residencies, listenership, collaborations and/or patronage. The DJ must play at least two times in a month in a night club.

Pub DJ Of The Year
The Pub DJ of the Year award goes to the DJ adjudged by the public and the jury as the most exceptional Pub DJ for the year under review based on his/her performance. The DJ must have high crowd appeal and known amongst pub goers. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc and must have excelled in the areas of skills and patronage. The DJ must play at least two times in a month in a recognized Pub or recognized pubs.

Club MC Of The Year
The Club MC Award goes to the MC adjudged by the public and the jury as the best Club MC for the year based on exceptional performance during the year under review. The MC must have generated most excitement amongst concert and club goers and must be associated with a credible events in Ghana. The MC must not be restricted to a particular DJ and must have excelled in the performance of his duties.

DJ/Artiste Collaboration of the year
The DJ/Artiste(s) Collaboration of the year is the song adjudged by the Board and the public as the song released through the collaboration/featuring a Ghanaian DJ and a popular music Artiste(s). The song must have been released and generated the most excitement supported by public appeal and social media data during the year under review.

Best Female DJ of the Year
The Best Female DJ award goes to the DJ adjudged by the jury as the best female DJ for the year based on her exceptional performance during the year under review. The DJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc. The DJ could either be a Radio, Night Club or Mobile DJ and must have excelled in the areas of: major event, residencies, listenership, collaborations and/or patronage.

DJ Mixtape of the Year
The DJ Mixtape of the Year will be awarded to a DJ adjudged by the board as the DJ with the best audio mixtape based on creativity and public appeal released during the year under review. The mixtape must contain at least 50% Ghanaian music and its presentation should include a full artwork design. The presentation should have a track listing and the concept and creativity of the mixtape will be considered in the determination by the board. Tribute mixtapes are eligible but must include previously released material.

Best Video Jockey Of The Year
The Best Video Jockey (VJ) award goes to the VJ adjudged by the jury and academy as most creative and entertaining VJ for the year based on his/her performance during the year under review. The VJ must play all genres of music including hiplife, highlife, reggae, pop, R&B, house music, Gospel etc. The VJ could either be a television, night club or mobile VJ. The winner must have a show which is aired on a Ghanaian TV Channel or must have an internet based video channel.

Record Promoter Of the Year
The Record Promoter of the Year is adjudged by the Board as the most outstanding local music promoter on radio in Ghana. The winner must be credited or associated with heavily promoting, at least, one very popular song that became a hit during the year under review. The DJ must be known by the public and music artistes as an exceptional Ghanaian music promoter who is influential on the Radio.

Best Mobile DJ Of The Year
The Best Mobile DJ of the Year will be a DJ who plays all genres of music ranging from Dance, Electro, Gospel, House, High Life, Hip Hop, Hip Life, Pop, R&B & Reggae among others and will be determined by the Jury as the best Mobile DJ due to his artistry and appeal. To be eligible, you must be either a mobile DJ or a club DJ. The winner must own or be associated with a sound vendor (Sound system).

Scratch DJ Of The Year
Submissions to this category will be via video. The submissions will be for up to three (3) minutes edit of a performance or uploads on Facebook, instagram or twitter. The performance can feature any genre of music. Nominees will be chosen by the jury based on their expertise and knowledge of Scratch DJing and the presentation on the video. To be eligible, you must be either a radio, bedroom DJ, battle, club or mobile DJ.

Artiste DJ Of The Year
This category will also be via video submission/event based. To be eligible you must be an assigned Artiste DJ, you must work with a Ghanaian and Ghana based artiste and must be the DJ during at least 80% of the artiste’s performances. All genres of music played are eligible. The Artiste DJ of the Year will be determined based on your performance, chemistry with the artiste during performances, artistry and the expert knowledge of the Jury.

Best Event DJ Of the Year
This category will also be based on a video. Submissions will be for up to five (5) minutes edit of shows featuring the DJ or headlined by the DJ. Reference to Social media video uploads on DJ’s brand account will be accepted. The adjudication will be based on the expert knowledge of the Jury and you must have been the DJ assigned to play for a major event in Ghana and played alongside artistes’ performances and in between their Assigned DJs. All genres are eligible for this category.

DJ Discovery of the year
The next big DJ. The winner of this category will be chosen by the Jury and public as the most promising DJ with a significant buzz during the year under review. The award will be presented to a relatively up-coming DJ in Ghana with skills and public appeal. Participants in this category must have never been nominated for a DJ Discovery of the year award.

Best International Ghanaian DJ
The winner of this category must be a non-resident Ghanaian DJ who presents and promotes music from Ghana to the rest of Africa and world. He must have at least 3 years’ experience working in clubs and/or radio (not including podcasts/internet radio) internationally based on the Jury’s expert knowledge and experience and also the DJs appeal internationally.

Best International DJ of The Year
The winner of this category must have at least 3 years’ experience working in clubs and/or radio (not including podcasts/internet radio) internationally. He / she must be a non-Ghanaian favorite international non-Ghanaian DJ who has exceptionally presented music from Ghana to the rest of Africa and world through their sets, endorsements, collaboration with Ghanaian artistes or mixtapes featuring Ghanaian music. Mixed tape DJs are also eligible in addition to Club and/or Radio DJs.

Best DJ of the Year
The Best DJ of the Year must be based in Ghana and have a national appeal, crossed borders and made the most impact in Ghana during the year under review. The DJ must have been nominated for any of the public or industry sections of these awards. The nominees in this category must have  experience working in clubs, radio or mobile (excluding podcasts and internet radio). They must have won at least one of the categories in the Public or Industry section. All genres are eligible for this category.

Non-Voting Categories

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is a prestigious category involving the induction into the DJs Hall of Fame. This award goes to exceptional individuals and/or groups who are recognized as leaders of our industry. Induction is not limited to any one (1) candidate(s) per year. Inductees will receive an official Ghana DJ Award inscribed with their name, and will be recognized with a synopsis of their history and contributions through a formal segment presented by selected peers and colleagues during the Ghana Awards Gala. To be eligible, the DJ must have never received a Lifetime Achievement award at Ghana DJ Awards and must be a Ghanaian with at least ten years’ experience working in clubs and/or radio (including podcasts/internet radio).

The Ghana DJ Awards currently has 34 Categories listed here :

REGIONAL CATEGORIES

Best DJ – Greater Accra Region

Best DJ – Central Region

Best DJ – Brong Ahafo

Best DJ – Volta Region

Best DJ – Central Region

Best DJ – Northern Region

Berst DJ – Upper East Region

Best DJ – Upper West Region

Best DJ – Western Region

Best DJ – Eastern Region

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

DJ/Artist Collaboration of the Year

DJ Discovery Of The Year

Best Event DJ Of The Year

Artiste DJ Of The Year

Scratch DJ Of The Year

Best Mobile DJ Of The Year

Mixtape Of The Year

Best Video Jockey Of The Year

Best Club MC Of The Year

Best Night Club DJ Of The Year

Best Female Radio DJ Of The Year

Best Male Radio DJ Of The Year

Best Female DJ Of The Year

DJs’ Song Of The Year

Best Pub DJ Award Of The Year

Reggae/Dancehall DJ Of The Year

Best Hip Life DJ Of The Year

Best High Life DJ Of The Year

Gospel DJ Of The Year

Best Campus DJ Of The Year

Best International Ghanaian DJ

Best International Non Ghanaian DJ

Best DJ Of The Year

Life Time Achievement Award

Record Promoter Of The Year

Award categories are subject to change as the subsequent years go by.