Nesbeth’s dream Nesbeth’s dream lives on at IRAWMAs 

Dancehall singjay Nesbeth (left) collecting his award for Best Song at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) from event founder Ephraim Martin at the Coral Gables Center in Florida last Saturday. (Photos: Contributed)

My Dream, singjay Nesbeth’s anthem of self-belief, won Best Song at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Coral Gables Arts Center in Florida last Sunday.

Produced by Entertainment Soul, My Dream took off on radio shortly after its release in 2015 and gave Nesbeth his mainstream break after years of recording.

Other noted winners were Popcaan (Entertainer of The Year); Christopher Martin (Best Male Vocalist); Etana (Best Female Vocalist); Morgan Heritage (Best Album/CD for Strictly Roots); Sia and Sean Paul (Best Crossover Song for Cheap Thrills).

There were four recipients of the Martin’s International IRAWMA Lifetime Award for contribution to music. Former Third World drummer and producer Willie Stewart; singer/author Cedella Marley; disc jockey G T Taylor; and rocksteady group The Cables.

The Martin’s International Special Legacy Award Of Honour went to IRIE FM and VP Records. The award for over 40 years contribution to the music industry went to music producer Danny Breakenridge and musician Desmond Gaynor.

List of IRAWMA winners

Best Gospel Song —

If It Is Not You by Kevin Downswell

Best Male DJ/Rapper — Vybz Kartel

Best Female DJ/Rapper— Spice

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

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award —Cedella Marley

Entertainer of The Year (Florida) Rohan Gunter

Florida’s Best Haitian Entertainer — JBeatz

Best Latin Entertainer— Nicky Jam

Best Gospel Song — 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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