Vybz Kartel might have won the billboard award for best reggae album of 2016, Beenie Man claims he is still the king of the dancehall but when it comes to the young fans of dancehall reggae, it is clear who is the best right now and it is none other than Alkaline. For the upcoming Youth View Awards (YVA), the Vendetta Boss has ran away with nominations in a whopping 10 categories.
The world boss, Vybz Kartel, trails Alkaline with seven nominations, Popcaan got six nominations but Beenie Man is only nominated in two categories.
like Popcaan, Spice also has six nominations to lead all female entertainers. Konshens who had the chart-topping song, Bruk off yuh back, has five nominations.
Earning three nominations each were Mavado and Ishawna, while reggae artiste Nesbeth, social media sensation Quite Perry, Masicka, newcomer Xklusive, Khadine “Miss Kitty” Hylton, Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett, dance outfit Outshine Girls and Beenie Man all secured two nods each.
“The Youth View Awards were born out of our appreciation for our culture of music, dance and entertainment. We began our movement in 2008 and we haven’t looked back. We became Jamaica’s premiere award show that fully embraces and incorporates the views of our target demographic, which is the youth, to celebrate artistes and celebrities,” Karen Clarke, CEO of An Elegant Affair, said in a media release.
The organisers have promised that the 10th staging of the YVAs will be the best ever. It is scheduled to take place at the National Indoor Sports Arena in St Andrew on Saturday, February 18.
Miss Universe 2010 runner-up Yendi Phillips and radio disc jock and YVA nominee Bambino are slated to host the event. Social media personality Bella Blair is scheduled to host the red carpet arrivals, while Quite Perry will take charge of the YVAs Live and Direct Platform.
This year the organisers have included a few firsts, including the YVAs Icon Award, the YVAs Foundation, the launch of the YVAs interactive website, and the YVAs Breakout Youth Athlete of the Year Male and Female awards.
Some of the categories are:
Favourite Sound System: Stone Love, Chromatic, Rebel Sound, Bass Odyssey, Coppershot, CD Fantasy;
Favourite Local Chart — Topping Song of the Year: Fever by Vybz Kartel, After All by Alkaline, Indicator by Spice, We Still a Win by Popcaan, Bruck Off Yuh Back by Konshens, and My Dream by Nesbeth;
Favourite Gospel Artiste of the Year: Kevin Downswell, Jermaine Edwards, DJ Nicholas, Marion Hall, Chozenn;
Favourite Dancehall Artiste: Vybz Kartel, Spice, Alkaline, Popcaan, Masicka;
Favourite Local Female Artiste of the Year: Spice, Ishawna, Tifa, Vanessa Bling, Shenseea;
Favourite Breakout Celebrity of the Year: Xklusive, Elaine Thompson, Shenseea, Jahmiel, Dy Dy;
Favourite Party Selector: Creep Chromatic, DJ Chrome, Foota Hype, DJ Boom Boom, DJ Antsman;
Favourite Legendary Artiste: Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Freddie McGregor, Buju Banton;
Young Hot and Hype Female of the Year: Spice, Ishawna, Dy Dy, Shenseea, Nikki Chromazz;
Favourite Music Producer: DJ Frass, Not Nice, Linton “TJ” White (TJ Records).