The nominations for the thirty ninth staging of the Worldwide Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) are in, and veteran performer Buju Banton is main the pack with a whopping 11 nominations.
The nominees for what would be the occasion’s second digital staging have been introduced at a press convention hosted by reggae artist Gramps Morgan on March 23. This 12 months’s present is being celebrated below the theme ‘Reggae & World Music Nonetheless Rise’ – a refined nod to the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships confronted previously 12 months.
Now in what got here as no shock to many, Buju Banton was closely featured among the many nominee classes, enhancing on final 12 months’s exhibiting the place he scored 10 nominations. He walked away with 7 of these awards.
This 12 months, Buju Banton will likely be going up for the Peter Tosh Award for Recording Artiste of the Yr, the Emperor of Reggae and World Music – Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Yr, the Gregory Isaacs Award for Finest Music (Blessed), and the Toots Hibbert Award for Finest Album/CD (for his album Upside Down), amongst a number of different musical awards.
In recognition of his philanthropic efforts, the entertainer has additionally been nominated for the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award. By means of his basis, Buju has been making an impression within the lives of kids in state care and different services. He has donated computer systems, tablets, and different digital gadgets to permit needy college students entry to courses through the COVID-19 pandemic, along with offering scholarships. Buju goes up in opposition to Bounty Killer, Sharon Wiles, and Sonia Patterson for the Humanitarian award.
Bounty Killer is among the artists that additionally picked up a number of nominations for this 12 months’s IRAWMA, with six. Younger performers Koffee and Popcaan additionally scored six nominations.
Veteran Beenie Man and newcomer Skip Marley picked up 5 nominations every, whereas a number of IRAWMA winners Gramps Morgan and Tarrus Riley scored 4 nominations every.
Vybz Kartel absent from nominations
In an surprising twist, Gaza Boss Vybz Kartel was not among the many nominees. The snub got here as a shock to many as Vybz Kartel has featured on the nominee and winners checklist virtually yearly because the early 2000s. He has persistently featured within the Finest Male Dancehall Artiste class, however this 12 months, the rivals for that title will likely be Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Govana, and Popcaan.
Meantime, a shock nominee got here within the type of D’Angel, who will go up in opposition to heavyweights Spice and Shenseea for the Finest Feminine Dancehall/Rap Artiste award.