The awards will be held as part of the Loud in GH concert on December 22, at the Dome of the Accra International Conference Centre.
The categories include Comeback Artiste of the Year, New Artiste of the Year, Female Act of the Year, Best Group, Male Act, and Best GH Act Abroad, all for the year 2012.
Tictac, Buk Bak, T Blaze, Ded Buddy, Mzbel have been nominated for Comeback Artistes; Kaaki, Lousika, Jupiter, Qwesi Oteng, AJ Nelson, Kessee, Stonebouy, D3, Natural face, D2, Yaw Siki have been nominated for New Artistes of the year; Raquel, Bertha, Efya, Becca, Sherifa, Tiffany, Easy, Irene, have received nominations for Female Act.
Best Group nominations include R2Bees, 55, 4×4, Keche, FOKN, Bradez, VIP, AsaaseAban, Ruff & Smooth.
Male Act nominations include Sarkodie, Trigmatic, D Blakk, Stay Jay, Asem, Tinny, EL, KwawKese, Okyeame Kwame, Edem, Richie, D Cryme, Chemphe, Chase.
Artistes for Best GH Act Abroad include Fuse, Sonni Balli, Sway, Doneo, Lighter, Blitz, Manifest.
The awards will be based on 60 percent public voting, whilst 40 percent will be determined by an awards committee. To vote for any of the nominees in the various categories, one needs to text the category number, leave a space and the name of the artiste to short code 1724 on Vodafone, MTN, Tigo, Glo, Expresso; or 1824 on Airtel.
For Comeback Artistes of the Year, the category number is 1; category number for New Artiste of the Year is 2; that of Female Act of the Year is 3; category number for Best Group is 4; Male Act is 5, Best GH Act Abroad is 6, and African Act is 7. Public voting closes on Saturday, December 22, at 3:00 p.m.
Explaining the rationale for the awards, Nana Kwame Osei Sarpong, station manager of YFM said, “YFM wants to recognize Ghanaian artistes for their remarkable music prowess and contribution to enriching the music and entertainment scene in Ghana and abroad; these awards will further shine the light on superb musical talents of Ghanaian origin.”
Nana Kwame added that this year’s ‘Loud in Gh’ concert is going to be bigger, as YFM, together with its partners, have repackaged the concert from a one night event to a three-day fun-packed event. Dubbed ‘All Stars Weekend’, activities lined up include a carnival and barbeque on December 21, the ‘Loud in GH’ awards and musical concert on December 22 and a beach party on December 23, to climax the three-day event.