Canada is so progressive. Just leave it to the Great Northern country to start the First Annual Reggae Music Achievement Awards, which will not only recognize Caribbean culture, but also the Caribbean-influenced culture that has developed on Canadian soil. According to Reggae Country news :
The purpose of the Reggae Music Achievement Awards is to publicly recognize, encourage and highlight the contributors and outstanding individuals within the reggae music industry in Canada. This will be an annual event to express Caribbean culture and showcase the talent of the Canadian reggae artiste and the people behind the scenes.
The award show will take place at 7pm on June 10th, 2007 at Club Paradise in Toronto, Ontario. The categories plus nominees are as follows:
International Artist of The Year
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley
Recording Artist of the Year
Best Male D.J.
Best Female D.J
Best Male Vocalist
Best Band of the year
Album of the year
JIMMY REID Storm Cloud
Toni Anderson You are The One
Leroy Brown Leroy Brown
Promoter of the year
Eagle Force Entertainment
Brown Eyes Entertainment
Producer of the Year
Eye One Records
Most Promising New Artist
Best Gospel Song
Carlene Davis “Rock Me Jesus”
Marvia Providence “Its Raining/It’s A Victory”
Mercia Buntin “Humble”
Rohan Grant “I saw the light”
Radio DJ of the year
Songwriter of the Year
Special Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry (in Canada)
Special Community Recognition Awards (for contribution to the Caribbean community in Canada)
Special Lifetime Achievement Awards (for accomplishments with longevity)
I wonder if future nominees will include more international artists. I’d really like to see Queen Ifrica on that Best Female Vocalist list. Oh well, next year I will submit my nomination. And for some reason I get the feeling that someone really wants Steele to win…..
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