February 18, 2013
The Star, Red Label Wine partner for awards function
( l - r )Bounty Killer, Damian Marley, Konshens
On Tuesday, February 26 when THE STAR Awards makes its grand return, there will be one major drink company standing beside us.
Red Label Wine, one of the brands in the Wray & Nephew line of products, will not only be the official sponsors of three of the awards to be given out that night, but will also be organising the function along with THE STAR.
This relationship was forged because of the brand's strong involvement with Jamaican music.
Matthew Samuda, brand manager, said "Red Label Wine is proud to be associated with the promotion of the Jamaican music and culture. As an indigenous Jamaican brand, much like our music, we believe in not just turning on the thrills, but supporting those who work hard to make the parties go on."
On February 26, 19 awards will be handed out to some of the persons who worked hard last year in the local music industry. Among the winners announced, so far, are Damian Marley, Bounty Killer, Chronixx, Romain Virgo and Konshens.
On the night, the three categories - Album of the year, Performer of the year and Dancehall achievement award, sponsored by Red Label Wine, will be announced.
"It is a distinct pleasure to sponsor three of the top honours at The STAR Awards in recognition of our shared commitment to the development of Jamaican music and culture," Samuda said.
He further stated that Red Label Wine congratulates all nominees and winners and encourages all honourees to continue their good work in the spirit of excellence.
The Star Awards will be held at The Gleaner's Roof Garden and will be broadcast live on www.jamaica-star.com and www.jamaica-gleaner.com.
Album of the Year
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
Performer of the Year
2. Romain Virgo
3. I Wayne
6. Bounty Killer
8. Beenie Man
Dancehall Achievement Award
1. Beenie Man
2. Lady Saw
3. Bounty Killer
4. Shabba Ranks
5. Ninja Man
7. Vybz Kartel
Last month, THE STAR, The People Paper, conducted a poll to select the top acts in dancehall and reggae music for 2012.
Twenty-two persons were chosen from 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. Our avid readers will not be left out as the event will 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 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 at www.jamaica-star.com.