Winners of the 27th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA)


Photography By: Keveon Smith


Entertainer of the YearMachel Montano

Recording Artist of the YearBeenie Man

Best Male VocalistTarrus Riley

Best Female VocalistEtana

Best Song – "She Is Royal" - Tarrus Riley


Best CD – "Mind Control" - Stephen Marley

Best Crossover Song - "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston


Best Gospel Song - "Lava Ground" - Prodigal Son

Best Female D.J./RapperQueen Ifrika

Best Male D.J./RapperBeenie Man

Best New EntertainerSean Kingston


Best Calypso/Soca EntertainerMachel Montano

Best Reggaeton EntertainerDon Omar

Best Latin Entertainer - Marc Anthony

Best Compas EntertainerCarimi

Best African EntertainerLucky Dube - Post Humous


Best Soukous Entertainer - Papa Wembe

Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer - Rihanna

Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Music – King Sunny Ade

Most Outstanding Stage PersonalityMachel Montano

Best Music VideoShaggy "Church Heathen"

Best Poet - Mutabaruka

Most Educational EntertainerBuju Banton


Most Outstanding Show BandMorgan Heritage

Most Consistent EntertainerFreddie McGregor

Most Promising EntertainerKy-Mani Marley

Most Improved EntertainerJunior Reid


Best Instrumentalist - Dean Fraser

Best Backing BandLive Wyya

Most Popular SelectorMighty Crown


Concert of the Year - Reggae Sumfest

Promoter of the YearSumfest Production

Producer of the YearStephen McGregor


Songwriter of the YearStephen Marley

Selassie I Award for Spiritual Service through MusicTony Rebel

Community Service AwardCapleton

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award - (a) Ziggy Marley, (b) Jay-Z


IRAWMA Hall of Fame – Inducted May 4, 2008- (a) Billy Ocean, (b) Claudelle Clarke, (c) Errol Brown, (d) Winston Francis

Martin's International Award of Honor - Given May 4, 2008- (a) Freddy McGregor, (b) Dwight Pinkney


Producer's "Respect" Award - Given May 4, 2008– Ky-Mani Marley

Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry - (a) Herman Hall- Everybody's Magazine, (b) Winsome Benjamin- Entertainer, (c) Karl Rodney- Carib News


  • Disrespect!

    NO alliance,

    Busy deserves at least three awards, NO BIAS!

    Best stage performer, most promising, and best male DJ.Rapper!

    Beenie man??? OK Moses Flex, I mean Yard Flex!

  • May

    I thought it was to award the best reggae artists - whether Jamaican or not (I am Danish, live in Spain). The fact is that today - thanks to Bob and many other good Jamaican artists - reggae has gone INTERNATIONAL. You find good artists everywhere - South Africa, Gambia, Panama, Argentina, Germany, Antilles, Aruba. I could give you a whole list. But to come back to the Irawma awards. I took the time to vote on the web. And I am really upset about Pressure not getting at least the "most promising" award, or "best vocalist". The guy is good. He was nominated for the awards in Jamaica too and you may remember that Brick and Lace walked away with that one (which I did not agree with either). I agree with the comment that it is ridiculous to give a veteran artist like Ky-mani the "most promising" award, and yes Jah Cure could have been at least among the nominees but also Sizzla or Anthony B and others.

  • i am really suprised by some of these decisions, because it honestly does not reflect whats really happening. I am not Jamaican but i do love and listen to the music, and how can there be an award show of this nature and individuals like mavado not get anything, who do we think we are fooling, ok some or most of the songs might be negative, but lets face reality, it is the most viewed and listened, so probably the underlining objective is to delete such lyrics but certainly there must be a better way, than to lie, because that wont help, think, please

  • yes ladyann the first lady of dancehall nice pic. u where looking lovely.

  • Dugu Dugu

    Stacy and Nelly i agree with you where are the artist dem who really deserve it, dem not gwine get it because dem is straight ghetto just goes to show these uptown gatherings are fighting dancehall

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