PHOTOS: Spice, Koffee and Popcaan among the big winners at IRAWMA
Spice collects her female deejay of the year award from entertainment journalist Winford Williams. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)
Popcaan was crowned Entertainer Of The Year at the 37th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Saturday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
New sensation Koffee captured three awards, the most by any artiste, while Spice copped the female deejay of the year award to be among the major winners at the ceremony.
Chronixx and Vybz Kartel joined Popcaan as the only males to win multiple awards, with two each, at the three-hour show.
Popcaan, riding the popularity of his hits 'Silence' and 'My Type', defeated a field that also had Busy Signal, Chronixx, Damion Marley and Shaggy to cop the Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of The Year. He also won Album Of The Year for 'Forever', which beat out 'Reggae Forever' by Etana, 'A Matter Of Time' by Protoje, '44/876' by Shaggy and Sting and 'Rebellion Rises' by Ziggy Marley.
Veteran deejay Bounty Killer collects the Reggae Dancehall Icon Award.
Chronixx was voted Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer, while Vybz Kartel won for Male Deejay Of The Year and Best Song with 'Under Water'.
Koffee was voted the Best Female Vocalist, Best New Entertainer and Best Teen Entertainer (13-19 years). She won the Best Female Vocalist ahead of Etana, Estelle, Queen Ifrica and Jah9 and the Best New Entertainer over Dalton Harris, Hood Celebrity, Jada Kingdom and Rygin King.
Spice was the Female Deejay Of The Year ahead of D'Angel, Dovey Magnum, Jada Kingdom and Shenseea while Stone Love and Reggae Sumfest, respectively, won the Best Sound System and Concert Of The Year awards.
Meanwhile, Bob Marley was the recipient of a posthumous award for Special Emperor of Reggae and World Music, which was collected by his widow Rita Marley, who was among the Jamaican entertainers who collected The Reggae 50 Award.
Rita Marley was the recipient of a Reggae 50 special award.
Other awardees in The Reggae 50 Pioneer of Honor were The Alpha Boys Band; Bunny Wailer; Island Records’ Chris Blackwell; Copeland Forbes; Freddy McGregor; Judy Mowatt; Johnny Nash; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; Marcia Griffiths; The Heptones; Toots Hibbert; U-Roy; Ibo Cooper; Thomas Cowan; The Skatalites; Bob Andy; Inner Circle; Third World; and Sly and Robbie.
Other special honours went to Capleton for the Reggae Culture Legend Award and Bounty Killer for Reggae Dancehall Icon Award.
Alan Hope, Boris Gardner and Tony Rebel were meanwhile inducted into IRAWMA’s Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement.
The special award for exceptional media contribution to reggae over the years went to Balford Henry, Barry G, Ka’bu, Dr Dennis Howard, Norma Brown and Winford Williams, while the IRAWMA Entrepreneur Award for Economic Contributions to The Development of Reggae in Jamaica went to Joseph Bogdanovich.
The monotony of the awards was separated by performances from Da Flame, Cherry Natural and Richie Innocent, Gangooli, D'Angel, U Roy, The Heptones, Beenie Man, Chozen, Spice and Capleton.
D'Angel was among the performers.
See list of winners below and more photos from the night in the slider:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Under Water by Vybz Kartel
Forever by Popcaan
BEST CROSSOVER SONG
Africa And Jamaica by Morgan Heritage featuring Platinum and Stone Bwoy
BEST GOSPEL SONG
Glory To God by Wayne Marshall featuring Tessanne Chin and Ryan Mark
BEST MALE DJ/RAPPER
BEST FEMALE DJ/RAPPER
BEST NEW ENTERTAINER
BEST CALYPSO/SOCA ENTERTAINER
Farmer Nappy - Trinidad and Tobago
BEST LATIN ENTERTAINER
Bad Bunny - Puerto Rico
BEST AFROBEAT ENTERTAINER
BEST SOUKOUS ENTERTAINER
Akothee - Kenya
BEST R&B/HIP HOP COLLABORATION SONG
I Like It by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin
BEST REGGAE ROCK SONG
Don't Make Me Wait by Shaggy and Sting
BEST TEEN ENTERTAINER (13-19 YEARS)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Gringo by Shatta Wale
MUTABARUKA AWARD FOR BEST POET/SPOKEN WORD ENTERTAINER
MOST CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL ENTERTAINER
MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW BAND/GROUP
MOST CONSISTENT ENTERTAINER
Freddie McGregor - Reggae
Calypso Rose - Calypso/Soca
MOST PROMISING ENTERTAINER
Fancy Gadam - Ghana
BEST SOUND SYSTEM/DJ
CONCERT OF THE YEAR
MOST OUTSTANDING DANCE GROUP
4 Bent - Ghana
BEST HAITIAN ARTIST/GROUP
BEST CARIBBEAN ENTERTAINER
RECORDING PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR
MARCUS GARVEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD