Monday 21 October, 2019

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)

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

Popcaan

 

MALE VOCALIST

Chronixx

 

FEMALE VOCALIST

Koffee

 

BEST SONG

Under Water by Vybz Kartel

 

BEST ALBUM/CD

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

Vybz Kartel

 

BEST FEMALE DJ/RAPPER

Spice

 

BEST NEW ENTERTAINER

Koffee

 

BEST CALYPSO/SOCA ENTERTAINER

Farmer Nappy - Trinidad and Tobago

 

BEST LATIN ENTERTAINER

Bad Bunny - Puerto Rico

 

BEST AFROBEAT ENTERTAINER

Shatta Wale

 

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)

KOFFEE

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Gringo by Shatta Wale

 

MUTABARUKA AWARD FOR BEST POET/SPOKEN WORD ENTERTAINER

Cherry Natural

 

MOST CULTURAL/EDUCATIONAL ENTERTAINER

Chronixx

 

MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW BAND/GROUP

Morgan Heritage

 

MOST CONSISTENT ENTERTAINER

Freddie McGregor - Reggae

Calypso Rose - Calypso/Soca

 

MOST PROMISING ENTERTAINER

Fancy Gadam - Ghana

 

BEST INSTRUMENTALIST

Dean Fraser

 

BEST SOUND SYSTEM/DJ

Stone Love

 

CONCERT OF THE YEAR

Reggae Sumfest

 

MOST OUTSTANDING DANCE GROUP

4 Bent - Ghana

 

BEST HAITIAN ARTIST/GROUP

D'Jakout

 

BEST CARIBBEAN ENTERTAINER

Beenie Man

 

RECORDING PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Not Nice

 

COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR

Christopher Daley

 

MARCUS GARVEY HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Shaggy

IRAWMA 2019

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