Tarrus Riley rules at Reggae Academy Awards

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By: Joseph Cunningham
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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It was a night with a difference, a special night, signifying the dawn of a new day in Jamaican music. It was the first staging of the Reggae Academy Awards. It signified a new day because, it represented an award concept in Reggae that got the nod of approval from a wider audience of experts.

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"And the award for the Best Solo Male Dancehall Vocalist goes to"; and fans seated towards the back of National Indoor Sports Centre, bellowed, "Busy Signal!" Much to everyone's delight, he was announced the winner. The ceremony was void of ridiculous surprises, and so all received their just rewards.

On entering the venue, YardFlex observed that something special was about to take place. The National Indoor Sports Centre had been given an ambiance, that shouted, "This is something first-world and first class." The stage, lighting, big screens, sound effects the show host and performances, all displayed the handy work of what must have been a highly skilled and trained production team.

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The introductions ended and the presentations began. At the end of it all Omar "Tarrus" Riley was the toast of the ceremony, winning in the categories, "Best Breakthrough Artiste 2007," "Best Solo Male Vocalist," "Most Popular Song" - "She Royal" and "Best Reggae Song."

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Other winners on the night were:

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Best Reggae Album - Stephen Marley

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Best Reggae Compilation Album (Executive Producer's Award) - Jamdown Riddim Driven, Delmar Drummond/Dangerzone

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Best International Artist – Collie Buddz

Best Dancehall Rhythm - Steven McGregor

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Best Dub Recording or Album - Live As One Album, Zion Train

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Best Dancehall Vocal Performance (Duo, Group) - Love Is Wicked, Brick and Lace

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Best Producer - Stephen Marley

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Best Solo Male Dancehall Vocalist - Busy Signal

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Best Dancehall Album - Shaggy, Intoxication

Best Dancehall Video Director – Jay Will

Best Reggae Vocal Performance (Duo, Group, Collaboration) – On My Mind, Da'Ville & Sean Paul

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Best Gospel Song (Songwriter's Award) - Can't Stop Now, Kemoy Rowe, William Barclay and Courick Clarke

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Best Instrumental - Robbie Lyn, Making Notes

Best Reggae Riddim (Producer's Award) - Guardian Angel,Arif Cooper/Fresh Ear

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Best Gospel Song, Katalyst Crew

Best Gospel Album-Prodigal Son

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Best Dancehall Compilation (two or more artiste Big Ship Music)
(Executive Producer's Award)
- Tremor Riddim Driven, Stephen McGregor

Best Break-Through Male Dancehall Artist- Munga Honourable

Best Solo Female Reggae Vocalist – Etana

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Best Solo Performance - Lady Saw

Best Gospel Music Video (Video Director's Award) - Gully People Supen, Abdrew Grey

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Most Popular Artiste - Beenie Man

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Special Awardees

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Reggae Icon Award- Bob Marley

Reggae Trailblazer Award - Chris Blackwell

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Reggae Living Legend Award- Ernest Ranglin

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