The 2017 edition of the VGMA award ceremony has been scheduled to take place April 8, the board announced at a press briefing.

According to the board chairman, Nii Ayitey Hammond over 700 entries were received for this year’s scheme, adding that some changes have been made to the scheme  including the awards for Record of the Year and Producer of the Year, which will now be awarded by the Academy and Board.

Also, categories for Political Song of the Year, Mixtape of the Year, and DJ of the Year have all been added this year, and as is characteristic of recent years, some categories have either been added, renamed, or rested.

Below is the scheduled activities for this year’s event:

VGMA UNSUNG Category Launch                                                –       February 15, 2017

Event launch and Nominees Announcement                              –        Friday, February 24, 2017

Voting Lines will officially Open                                                    –         Friday, February 24, 2017

Grand Party for Nominees at Kempinski Hotel                          –         Friday Night, February 24, 2017

Nominees JAM (Brong Ahafo, Sunyani)                                      –          Saturday, March 18, 2017

Highlife Music Night                                                                        –          Date on Hold

VGMA Night                                                                                      –           Saturday, April 8, 2017

Celebration Concert, Headlined by Artiste of the Year              –         Saturday, April 8, 2017