Organizers of the recently concluded Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards (EME),
"The executive committee of the EME Awards made the unanimous decision that award recipients who were in Jamaica at the time of the event and who choose not to attend the event or send a representative to collect the award(s) on their behalf, have forfeited their rights to the trophy. We realize this is an unprecedented decision but after careful consideration, we feel this is the right decision and something that must be done to protect the integrity and longevity of the event" founder and CEO Richard 'Richie B' Burgess said.
"The EME awards was conceived to honor and recognize the accomplishments of our own local reggae/dancehall stars in categories such as DJ of the Year, Best New Artist, Vocalist of the Year, Producer of the Year and the new category Artist of the Decade. If those being honored don't see the need to attend or participate in the process, then they do not deserve to receive the award. Respect goes both ways. It is as simple as that" he reiterated.
"It is sad when international acts like Trina or Eve commit to travel to Jamaica, just so they can be here to collect their awards, while our own reggae stars chose to stay home. This is a symptom of a bigger problem in our industry that has to be addressed sooner than later. The industry is on a downward spiral. If corrective actions are not take immediately, we stand to back pedal on some of the significant strides that were made by those who preceded us in the industry," he noted.
On the positive side, Burgess said the EME Awards had many things to celebrate, including the international coverage the event garnered this year.