Many are labelling reggae dancehall singer, Nesbeth, a sore loser because he stormed out of the Youth View Awards (YVA) after he lost to Vybz Kartel in the local song of the year category. Although Nesbeth’s big hit “My Dream” was the most popular dancehall song for 2016, in the eyes of the youths, Vybz Kartel’s “Fever” was a better song.
On a video posted on Instagram, Nesbeth states that he believes the voting system was rigged and youths who wanted to vote for him did not get to vote. We are not buying that. We think Kartel’s song won fairly and the win is just a representation of what is happening in the dancehall and Jamaica as a whole.
If you look at what is happening in Jamaica right now, from the dry sexing in dancehall, the kidnapping, raping and murder of young girls; it makes sense that a song with uplifting and motivational lyrics from a Rasta artist would lose to a song about sex and mayhem from a convicted murderer.
So Nesbeth is wrong about the voting system being rigged but it is unfair to label him a sore loser, after all, why put him in a box like a rectangle?
While Nesbeth is not a sore loser, he has to realize what the award is; it is based on the views of the youths. Right or wrong, in the views of the youths of Jamaica, anything Vybz Kartel touches is gold, sadly that says a lot about the violence, crime and sexual perversion taking over the country.
If it was up to 18 Karat Reggae, the song that would win song of the year would be Righteous Path by Prablem TheSubstance feat Strykk, Inphared, Emanuel Stain & Fyah Roiall.