As the countdown begins to the highly anticipated 41st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), the reggae world is buzzing with excitement. Scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2024, at the prestigious Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC), this event promises an unforgettable celebration of music and talent. With the recent revelation of nominees and special honorees during the press conference held at the Chateau Mar Golf Resort in Fort Lauderdale, the stage is set for a night filled with glitz, glamour, and recognition of outstanding achievements in the industry.
Among the nominees, three names stand out as frontrunners, each boasting an impressive array of nominations: Teejay, Spice, and Masicka. These artists have not only captivated audiences with their electrifying performances but have also left an indelible mark on the reggae-dancehall and world music scene.
Spice: The Queen of Dancehall
Spice, often hailed as the Queen of Dancehall, leads the pack with four nominations, reaffirming her position as a powerhouse in the industry. Her nominations include Best Female Dancehall/Rap Artist, Onstage TV Award for Best Dancehall Stagecraft Entertainer, Dancehall Performer of the Year, and Best Social Media Content Creator Influencer. Known for her dynamic stage presence and bold lyricism, Spice continues to push boundaries and inspire generations of artists.
Masicka: Making Waves
Masicka emerges as another strong contender with nominations across key categories, including the prestigious Peter Tosh Award for Artiste of the Year and the Gregory Isaacs Award for Best Song with his hit track "Tyrant." His "GOK" album also contends for the "Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD," showcasing his artistic depth.
Teejay: A Rising Star
Teejay, with six nominations to his name, is poised to make a significant impact at this year's IRAWMA Awards. His nominations include the Peter Tosh Award for Artiste of the Year, Gregory Isaacs Award for Best Song with "Drift," and his crossover talent shines with "Drift" featuring Davido, nominated for "Best Crossover Song." Other nominations includes the Uroy Award for Best Male Dancehall Deejay, among others. Teejay's unique sound and charismatic performances have earned him a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim.
Beyond the individual accolades, the IRAWMA nominations encompass a diverse range of categories, highlighting the depth of talent within the reggae and world music genres. From veteran artists to emerging talents, each nominee represents the rich tapestry of sounds and influences that define these musical traditions.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Peter Tosh Award for Artiste of the Year:
Jacob Miller Award for Best Male Vocalist of the Year:
Best Female Vocalist:
Gregory Isaacs Award for Best Song:
“Tyrant” by Masicka
“21 Psalm” by Mavado
“Drift” by Teejay
“Talibans” by Byron Messia
“Mad Out” by Valiant
Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD:
“Destiny” by Alborosie
“Simma” by Beenie Man
“No Destroyer” by Burning Spear
“Color of Royal” by Julian Marley
“Generation of Kings” by Masicka
Best Crossover Song:
“Talibans II” by Byron Messia and Burna Boy
“Hallelujah Heaven” by Lil’ Wayne, Buju Banton, and Shabba Ranks
“We Can’t Done” by Popcaan and Drake
“Unavailable” by Sean Paul, Davido, and Ding Dong
“Drift” by Teejay and Davido
Best EP Recording:
“Time Bomb” by Bounty Killer and Baby Cham
“Problem Child” by Holiday
“Mad Love” by Sean Paul
“In The Mood” by Shaggy
“From Me To You” by Valiant
Uroy Award for Best Male Dancehall Deejay:
Best Female Dancehall/Rap artist:
Best New Entertainer:
Best Dancehall Stagecraft Entertainer:
Best Singjay Entertainer:
Dancehall Performer of the Year:
The 41st Annual IRAWMA Awards promise to be a night to remember, celebrating the best in reggae, dancehall, and world music.