February 9, 2013
The STAR Awards
Last month THE STAR, The People Paper, conducted a poll in an effort to pick the top persons in dancehall and reggae music for 2012.
Twenty-two persons were chosen as winners of various categories, including Bounty Killer for Male Artiste of the Year and Junior Gong's Affairs of the Heart for Song of the Year.
It's now time to present these awards to the winners. So on Tuesday, February 26, THE STAR will be presenting trophies and certificates to these winners at an exclusive function sponsored by Red Label Wine. However, our avid readers will not be left out as the event will also be streamed live on our website, jamaica-star.com.
But before we get to that point, we also have three new categories for you our loyal readers to pick the winners. These winners will be announced at the event on February 26.
The three categories, which are sponsored by Red Label Wine, are Album of the Year, Performer of the Year and Dancehall Achievement Award.
The nominees for the three categories are listed below. You may also cast your vote on www.jamaica-star.com.
Dancehall Achievement Award
This list includes artistes who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's dancehall industry over the years through consistent performances, maintaining presence in the dancehall, their songs and helping to expose other talents.
1. Beenie Man
2. Lady Saw
3. Bounty Killer
4. Shabba Ranks
5. Ninja Man
7. Vybz Kartel
Performer of the Year
The list of nominees includes artistes who have done well on several shows throughout 2012 in their stage craft and ability to draw audiences to shows.
2. Romain Virgo
3. I Wayne
6. Bounty Killer
8. Beenie Man
Album of the Year
Despite a decrease in album sales worldwide, these albums are nominated in the Album of the Year category based on public response, nominations for several awards including the Grammy and the quality and content of the productions.
1. Sweet Jamaica - Mr Vegas
2. The System - Romain Virgo
3. Soothing Sounds Acoustic - Richie Spice
4. Tomahawk Techniques - Sean Paul
5. Reggae Music Again - Busy Signal
6. Mental Maintenance - Konshens
7.One Love, One Life - Beres Hammond
8. Crying To The Nation - I-Octane
9. Rebirth - Jimmy Cliff
10. Pon Di Gaza Mi Seh - Vybz Kartel