Martin honoured by IRAWMA

October 07, 2016
Chris Martin

Chris Martin, the self-proclaimed king of what he calls 'sugar reggae', said it is an honour to have been named Best Male Vocalist at the 2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.

Martin, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony, won ahead of fellow nominees Romain Virgo, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure and Nesbeth. He said winning the internationally recognised award, now in its 35th year, is testament to what continues to be a great year for him.

"The IRAWM's are one of the recognised awards in reggae and dancehall, so it's an honour to win such an award and I give thanks 100 per cent. We continue to give the people the music they have grown to love and respect me for," he said. "This has been a wonderful year for me. My music didn't fall on deaf ears."

Martin said he was successful because he has managed to maintain a very high standard for himself and his music. "We have remained true to that standard and anyone who has witnessed our performances become fans instantly because it is an energy that transcends, it's very infectious. Sugar reggae is my genre. Sugar reggae is my vibe. So if it's my vibe, then I am king of sugar reggae," he said with a hearty laugh.

Among the winners at the prestigious awards were Popcaan (Entertainer of the Year); Etana (Best Female Vocalist); Nesbeth (Best Song - My Dream); Vybz Kartel (Best Male Deejay); and Spice (Best Female Deejay). Tarrus Riley won the award for Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer.

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