Glitz and glitches at EME Awards

Glitz and glitches at EME Awards

Written by Editor

Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

While Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess deserves much kudos for developing the concept of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, which seeks to honour and celebrate the best of Jamaican entertainment with true red carpet panache, the actual execution of the event continues to draw criticism for its many glitches and organisational deficiencies that seem to go hand in hand with the staging of the annual event.

Seven years on, the EME Awards still finds itself grappling with issues related to punctuality, management of the red carpet procession, running order and production/technical quality. Growing pains seem to have morphed into inveterate habits, but such a welcomed and hotly anticipated event on the local entertainment calendar deserves to be more competently managed and steered clear of the many avoidable pitfalls that leave it open to derision.

With that said, the event staged on the East Lawns of historic Devon House on March 12 brought out show biz types, corporate sponsors and socialites – all dressed to impress. An inordinate number of awardees were absent, but those who were on hand to collect their awards did so with joy and great appreciation. Vybz Kartel, the night’s big winner with four awards, which were collected on his behalf by members of his Gaza clique. I-Octane was the other big winner, capturing three awards. Female hip-hop artistes Eve and Trina received the International Friend of Reggae awards.

Etana at EME Awards 2011

Vocalist of the Year (Female) - Etana at EME Awards 2011

Denyque

Best New Artiste (Female) Denyque at EME Awards 2011

Trina receives EME Award

Trina (centre) receives EME Award from Richie B (right) while Karen Harriott (left) looks on.

Best Female DJ - Tifa - EME Awards 2011

Best Female DJ - Tifa - EME Awards 2011

Eve and Toots Hibbert - EME Awards 2011

Eve and Toots Hibbert - EME Awards 2011

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Winners – 2011 EME Awards

Deejay of the Year (Male) – Vybz Kartel

Deejay of the Year (Female) – Tifa

Vocalist of the Year (Male) – Tarrus Riley

Vocalist of the Year (Female) – Etana

Producer/Label of the Year (Dancehall) – Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris

Producer of the Year (Reggae) – Donovan ‘Don Corleon’ Bennett

Best New Artiste (Male) – Popcaan

Best New Artiste (Female) – Denyque

Duo/Group of the Year – Voicemail

Biggest Comeback Artiste – Future Fambo

Song of the Year (Dancehall) – Clarks

Song of the Year (Reggae) – My Life (I-Octane)

Album of the Year – Pon Di Gaza 2.0 (Vybz Kartel)

Cultural Artiste of the Year – Tarrus Riley

Breakthrough Artiste of the Year – I-Octane

Singjay of the Year (Male) – I-Octane

Collaboration of the Year – Clarks (Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim)

Riddim of the Year (Reggae) – Pleasure (Cash Flow Records)

Riddim of the Year (Dancehall) – One Day (Seanizzle Records)

Most Improved Artiste – Nicky B

Gospel Artiste of the Year – Prodigal Son

International Artiste of the Year – Gyptian

Best Theatrical Production – GhettOut

Best Instrumental Group with vocals – Live Wyaa

Video of the Year (Reggae) – Unconditional Love (Jah Cure and Phyllisia)

Video of the Year (Dancehall) – For Ur Eyes Only (Shaggy and Alaine)

Performance of the Year – Beenie Man & Bounty Killer at Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Dressed Artiste – Beenie Man

Show of the Year – Arthur Guinness Celebration

Best Original Dancer of the Year – Dance Xpressionz

Gospel Song of the Year – Drinking from my Saucer (Jabez)

International Friend of Reggae Awardees – Eve, Trina

Artiste of the Decade – Beenie Man, Shaggy

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