Prominent reggae singer, Nesbeth continues to realize his musical dreams as he has been named the winner of the ‘Best Song’ award at the 2016 International Reggae and World Music Awards for his smash hit, My Dream.
The veteran artiste was one of the big winners at the show, which was held at the Coral Gables Arts Center in Florida last Sunday. Other winners on the night included arguably dancehall’s hottest property right now, Popcaan, who Entertainer of The Year and his former mentor, dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel who won the Best Male DJ/Rapper honour. Dancehall’s leading lady at the moment, Spice won Best Female DJ/Rapper while reggae queen, Etana won the Best Female Vocalist award.
Grammy-winning band, Morgan Heritage won the Best Album/CD award for Strictly Roots while Sia and Sean Paul won the honour of Best Crossover Song for Cheap Thrills.
Additionally, there were four recipients of the Martin’s International IRAWMA Lifetime Award for contribution to music: Singer, author and fashionista, Cedella Marley, former Third World drummer and producer, Willie Stewart; revered disc jockey, G.T. Taylor and rocksteady group, The Cables.
Here’s a full rundown of the rest of the award winners:
Best Gospel Song — If It Is Not You by Kevin Downswell
Best New Entertainer — Skip Marley
Best Calypso/Soca Song — Teddyson John
Best Latin Song — Pitbull
Best African Song — Chop Kiss by Shatta Wale
Best Soukous Song — Selfie by Koffi Olomide
Best Belizean Entertainer — Lova Boy
Best R&B/Hip Hop Song — Work by Rihanna and Drake
Best Reggae-Rock Song — Slightly Stoopid for The Prophet
Best Chutney Entertainer — Shiva Lakhan
Best Music Video — Powerful by Major Lazer, featuring Tarrus Riley and Ellie Goulding
Best Spoken Word/Poet — Mutabaruka
Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer — Tarrus Riley
Most Outstanding Show Band/Group — Inner Circle
Most Consistent Entertainer— Yellowman
Most Promising Entertainer — Stonebwoy
Best Instrumentalist — Dean Fraser
Most Popular Sound System/Selector — Tony Matterhorn
Concert of the Year — Reggae Sumfest
Most Outstanding Dance Group — National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC)
Haitian Entertainer of the Year — JBeatz
Best Caribbean Entertainer — Beres Hammond
Recording Producer of The Year — Chimney Records
Entertainer of The Year (Florida) – Rohan Gunter
Florida’s Best Haitian Entertainer — JBeatz
Best Latin Entertainer— Nicky Jam
Best Gospel Artiste — Papa San
Most Popular Dance DJ — Supa Sound
Award of Honour for Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry — Michael Brown of Mikey B Promotions.