Nesbeth, Popcaan among big winners at IRAWMA 2016

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Prominent reggae singer, Nesbeth continues to realize his musical dreams as he has been named the winner of the ‘Best Song’ award at the 2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards for his smash hit, My Dream.

The veteran artiste was one of the big winners at the show, which was held at the Coral Gables Arts Center in Florida last Sunday. Other winners on the night included arguably dancehall’s hottest property right now, Popcaan, who Entertainer of The Year and his former mentor, dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel who won the Best Male DJ/Rapper honour. Dancehall’s leading lady at the moment, Spice won Best Female DJ/Rapper while reggae queen, Etana won the Best Female Vocalist award.

Grammy-winning band, Morgan Heritage won the Best Album/CD award for Strictly Roots while Sia and Sean Paul won the honour of Best Crossover Song for Cheap Thrills.

Additionally, there were four recipients of the Martin’s International IRAWMA Lifetime Award for contribution to music: Singer, author and fashionista, Cedella Marley, former Third World drummer and producer, Willie Stewart; revered disc jockey, G.T. Taylor and rocksteady group, The Cables.

Here’s a full rundown of the rest of the award winners:

Best Gospel Song — If It Is Not You by Kevin Downswell


Best New Entertainer — Skip Marley

Best Calypso/Soca Song — Teddyson John

Best Latin Song — Pitbull

Best African Song — Chop Kiss by Shatta Wale

Best Soukous Song — Selfie by Koffi Olomide

Best Belizean Entertainer — Lova Boy

Best R&B/Hip Hop Song — Work by Rihanna and Drake

Best Reggae-Rock Song — Slightly Stoopid for The Prophet

Best Chutney Entertainer — Shiva Lakhan

Best Music Video — Powerful by Major Lazer, featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding

Best Spoken Word/Poet — Mutabaruka

Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer — Tarrus Riley

Most Outstanding Show Band/Group — Inner Circle

Most Consistent Entertainer— Yellowman

Most Promising Entertainer — Stonebwoy

Best Instrumentalist — Dean Fraser

Most Popular Sound System/Selector — Tony Matterhorn

Concert of the Year — Reggae Sumfest

Most Outstanding Dance Group — National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC)

Haitian Entertainer of the Year — JBeatz

Best Caribbean Entertainer — Beres Hammond

Recording Producer of The Year — Chimney Records

Entertainer of The Year (Florida) – Rohan Gunter

Florida’s Best Haitian Entertainer — JBeatz

Best Latin Entertainer— Nicky Jam

Best Gospel Artiste — Papa San

Most Popular Dance DJ — Supa Sound

Award of Honour for Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry — Michael Brown of Mikey B Promotions.



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