Vybz Kartel and Popcaan big winners at IRAWMA 2016

Vybz Kartel and Popcaan were among the biggest winnners at last weekend’s International Reggae and World Music Awards, IRAWMA, 2016.

Vybz Kartel is still rocking up accolades from behind bars. The incarcerated dancehall deejay won Best Male DJ/Rapper at the IRAWMA awards while his former protege Popcaan won Entertainer of The Year.

Despite being incacerated since 2011, Vybz Kartel manages to stay relevant inside the dancehall space with a consistent supply of new music. Spice picked up the same award for Best Female DJ/Rapper. Undoubtedly, the dancehall diva has seen her career blossom over the last two years. Other big winners includes reggae singer Nesbeth who won Best Song.

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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