Dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel, along with reggae artists Jah Cure and Ding Dong scored three awards each at the 6th Annual 2010 EME (Excellence in Music & Entertainment) Awards held in Kingston.
The award show, the brainchild of renowned radio personality, Richard “Richie B” Burgess, was held at the Gardens of the The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last week Thursday (Feb. 4th). India Arie, who performed “Ready for Love” along with her new single “Therapy” featuring Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, was also honored with the International Friend of Reggae Award.
Vybz racked up awards in three of the six categories in which he was nominated, including DJ of the Year (Male), Recording Artist of the Year, and Songwriter/Lyricist of the Year. Artist Spice, who was featured on the breakthrough single, “Romping Shop” alongside Vybz, also picked up an award for DJ of the Year (Female). Jah Cure, who is best known for his previous hit “Longing For,” took home awards for Vocalist of the Year (Male), Song of the Year (Reggae) and Collabo of the Year (Reggae) for “Call On Me” featuring Phyllisia, while Ding Dong won awards for the Best Original Dance move of the Year for Skip to Ma Lu, Song of the Year (Dancehall) and Collaboration of the Year (Dancehall)for “Holiday” featuring Chevaughn.
“I”m So Special” singjay Mavado took home an award for Singjay of the Year, while Cherine Anderson collected a trophy for vocalist of the Year. The International Artist of the Year award went to Sean Paul. Queen Ifrica, Gee-Whizz, Tarrus Riley and Cecile also won EME awards in separate categories.
The award show featured performances by Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, Dez-I Boyd, who sang a special tribute to Haiti, Ultimate, and Wasp. Toots Hibbert, who was the first person to use the word 'reggae' on a track, also performed and was presented with the Role Model Of the Year Award, which recognizes Jamaican artists of International acclaim who have led his/her life by example and have brought their offspring into the world of reggae. Other performances included Gramps Morgan “One In a Million/Come Back to Bed;” Tami Chynn and Wayne Marshall “Good Loving;” and Alaine & Chino “Me & You.”
For a complete list of the 2010 EME award winners, please visit www.emeawards.com.