February 7, 2012
Popcaan, Tifa win big at YVAs
From left: Fambo, Tifa and Wayne Marshall hang out at the 2012 Youth View Awards, held at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Independence Park on Saturday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
The Youth View Awards came and went with a number of artistes performing for the almost full National Indoor Sports Centre.
Tifa was the overall female winner of the night walking away with four awards in total (winning all her nominated categories).
Rising sensation Popcaan was the most celebrated celeb/artiste of the night walking away with three awards. Each time he made his way to the stage the audience cheered louder and louder for the Only Man She Want artiste. His performance was one of the most anticipated for the night with the patrons in general standing and singing along to each song that he performed.
Other performances for the night came from Chris Martin, So You Think You Can Dance All-star contestant Comfort Fedoke, I-Octane, On the Verge winner Tashauna Williams, Laza Morgan, Ikaya and many more.
Probably one of the best performances for the night was the opening act where the night's two-time award-winning trio - Fambo, Tifa and Wayne Marshall performed the hit song Swaggin' (WTF). The performance set the tone for the others on the night as they got the patrons excited about what was to come for the rest of the evening. Ikaya, in a tribute to the King of Reggae, Bob Marley, also gave a very commendable performance of his world renowned Redemption Song.
Vybz Kartel was given the nod for two awards and although he wasn't able to collect his awards, Milk, the self-professed 'girl boss' collected on behalf of the 'world boss'.
Interspersed between award categories were the YVA dancers who did a great job of entertaining the audience. The dance routines were high energy and very engaging dancing to hits from dancehall, to hip hop to R&B. The hosts for the evening, Tami Chynn and Kruddy did a great job holding their own and keeping the patrons entertained. They bid adieu to the patrons about minutes to 11 p.m., and welcomed Popcaan to the stage who closed with hits like Clean, Party Shot and others as the confetti rained across the VVIP.
The award winners for the night were:
Favourite Breakout Celebrity of the Year- Specialist
Favourite Summer Song - Ravin (Popcaan)
Entertainment Show - Intense
Young, Hot and Hype Female of the year- Tifa
Young, Hot and Hype Male of the year- Popcaan
Celebrity Role Model - Shaggy
Fashion Icon Male - Dexter Pottinger
Fashion Icon Female - Tifa
Favourite Selector (DJ) - ZJ Bambino
Favourite Group or collaboration - Swaggin' (Wayne Marshall/Tifa/Fambo)
Favourite Dance Group - Shady Squad
Favourite Female Dancer - Mystic
Favourite Male Dancer - Ding Dong
Local Male Artiste - Vybz Kartel
Local Female Artiste - Tifa
Dancehall Male Artiste - Kartel
Dancehall Female Artiste - Tifa
Video Director - Jay Will
Music Producer - Stephen McGregor
Gospel Artiste of the Year - DJ Nicholas
Local chart topping song of the year - Ravin (Popcaan)
Cultural Artiste - I-Octane
Media Personality - Pepita
Local Music Video - Swaggin' (Wayne Marshall/Tifa/Fambo)
Sound System - Coppershot