Excellence in Music and Entertainment awards set to be the premiere Jamaican music and entertainment awards for 2008

Now if an Awards show is to be done – this is how it should be organised! Criteria and Tabulation Methods explained even before the show starts… This is how Jamaica kicks it, and I think it is timeless advice

By popular demand the fourth installment of the Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards, (EME?s) will for the first time be aired from outside the studios of Hot 102 FM. The venue for this year’s awards will be The Gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 81 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston.

The brainchild of renowned radio personality RichardRichie BBurgess, the EME Awards emerged four years ago out of a need for an authentic, legitimate and grass roots based awards for Jamaican music and entertainment. Since its inception, the EME’s have increased in popularity and now has the full backing of the CVM Group. It is based on this popularity that the awards have been moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the large following amassed over the years and will be broadcast on CVM TV.

This year the EME?s will be modelled off the famed Grammy Awards, with all the pomp and pageantry that is characteristic of such an award. Efforts are afoot to make 2008?s EME?s the best award show ever staged on the shores of Jamaica.

The 2008 EME?s will recognise the achievements of the top performers from within the recording industry between October 01, 2006 and September 30, 2007. There are approximately 25 categories ranging from DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year. Winners are determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown, which is presented on Hot 102 FM every Friday afternoon during the Hot Mix hosted by Richie B. This countdown is compiled from the contribution of sound system selectors, Night Clubs; record shops island wide and other radio DJ’s. This year’s awards will also be extra special, as there will be for the first time, several ‘honour‘ awards presented to some stalwarts and stand-outs who have made a great contribution to the growth and development of the Jamaican music industry.

The prestigious EME Awards is designed to change the face of the local entertainment calendar and bring out the best of the entertainment market. There is heightened anticipation in the entertainment industry and players are clamouring for tickets to this all-inclusive exclusive, by invitation only event.

Here are some of their nominees, the e-mail service clipped off the rest of the info –

For Recordings Released During The Eligibility Year October 01,2006 ? September 30,2007

Note: more or less than five (5) nominations in a category is the result of ties

CATEGORIES // NOMINEES


(1) DJ OF THE YEAR (Male) (for a solo vocal performance)

1. SHAGGY

2. VYBZ KARTEL

3. BEENIE MAN

4. MUNGA

5. BUSY SIGNAL

(2) DJ / SINGJAY OF THE YEAR (Female) (for a solo vocal performance)

1. MACKA DIAMOND

2. D’ANGEL

3. QUEEN IFRICA

4. LADY SAW

5. TIMBER-LEE

(3) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Male) (for a solo vocal performance)

1. TAURRUS RILEY

2. DAVILLE

3. COCO TEA

4. JAH CURE

5. RICHIE SPICE

(4) VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Female)

(for a solo vocal performance)

1. ALAINE

2. CHERINE ANDERSON

3. CECILE

4. ETANA

5. TAMI CHIN


(5) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Dance Hall)

(overall best charting record producer in this category during the eligibility year)

1. ROBERT LIVINGSTON for BIG YARD MUSIC

2. DONOVAN BENNETT for DON CORLEON RECORDS

3. STEPHEN McGREGOR for BIG SHIP MUSIC

4. MARIO ‘C’AMPBELL for 357 RECORDS

5. CHRISTOPHER BIRCH for BIRCH HILL RECORDS

(6) PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Reggae)

(overall best charting record producer in this category during the eligibility year)

1. KEMAR McGREGOR for NO DOUBT RECORDS

2. JOSEPH BOGDANOVICH & ANDREW PRENDERGAST for DOWN SOUND RECORDS

3. ARIF COOPER for FRESH EAR MUSIC

4. DONOVAN GERMAIN for PENTHOUSE RECORDS

5. ROBERT LIVINGSTON for BIG YARD MUSIC

6. SHANE BROWN for JUKE BOKK PRODUCTIONS

(7) BEST NEW ARTIST (Male)

(award to an artist whose release[s] during the

eligibility year establishes his public identity)

1. DeMARCO

2. I-OCTANE

3. MUNGA

4. BUGLE

5. SERANI

(8) BEST NEW ARTIST (Female)

(award to an artist whose release(s) during the eligibility year establishes her public identity)

1. NATALIE

2. BARBEE

3. MISS TRINITI

4. IRIE ? LOVE

5. TIMBER-LEE


(9) DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR

(for vocal performance[s] by established duos or groups)

1. BRICK AND LACE

2. TOK

3. MORGAN HERITAGE

4. RDX

5. VOICE MAIL

6. CHAKA DEMUS AND PLIERS

(10) BIGGEST COMEBACK ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to an artist whose release[s] in the eligilibility year marked his/her ‘return’ to the charts after a long break)

1. NINJAMAN

2. RAY DARWIN

3. ANTHONY B

4. CHAKA DEMUS AND PLIERS

5. COCO TEA

(11) SONG OF THE YEAR (Dance Hall)

(award to the artist and producer who scored the biggest charting song in this category during the eligibility year)

1. CHURCH HEATHEN

2. BACK IT UP

3. FALLEN SOLDIERS

4. GULLY SIDE

5. WINE PON YUH

6. NAH GO A JAIL

(12) SONG OF THE YEAR (Reggae)

(award to the artist and producer who score the biggest charting song in this category during the eligilibity year)

1. SHE’S ROYAL

2. STICKY

3. THE WORLD IS A CYCLE

4. BELOW THE WAIST

5. ROOTS

6. BOARD HOUSE

(13) TOP INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to an artist whose solo or collaborative release(s) allowed for greater penetration of the international marketplace)

1. JUNIOR REID

2. COLLIE BUDDZ

3. STEPHEN MARLEY

4. SHAGGY

5. SEAN PAUL

6. BUJU BANTON

(14) ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(award to artist(s) and producer(s) if different from artist(s))

1. TOO BAD ???????????…..BUJU BANTON

2. PARABLES????????????..TARRUS RILEY

3. MIND CONTROL?????????.STEPHEN MARLEY

4. ON MY MIND???????????DAVILLE

5. THE LIVING FIRE????????..CHUCK FENDER

6. WALK OUT????????????..LADY SAW

(15) RECORDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to the artist with the most charting hits in the eligilibility year)

1. MAVADO

2. BEENIE MAN

3. SHAGGY

4. MUNGA

5. BUSY SIGNAL

6. MR VEGA$

(16) CULTURAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist with the best cultural recording(s) in the eligibility year)

1. LUTAN FYAH

2. QUEEN IFRICA

3. ETANA

4. TARRUS RILEY

5. JAH CURE

6. PRESSURE


(17) BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR

(award to artist whose work attracted local and international attention and who signed to a label and/or started work on, or released an album on said label)

1. BRICK AND LACE

2. PRESSURE

3. DEMARCO

4. ETANA

5. ALAINE

6. CHRISTOPHER MARTIN

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