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JaRIA Honour Awards 2021 - Winners Announced

02/07/2021 by Reggaeville

JaRIA Honour Awards 2021 - Winners Announced

UPDATEJaRIA Honour Awards postponed 
"The Board of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association has taken the very tough decision, to postpone the staging of this year’s awards by a few weeks, given the new protocols which restrict the maximum numbers in a public place to ten (10) persons, and given the recent spike in COVID cases.[…] We will be in touch with you in a few days to indicate the new date for the production.


The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association has announced the winners for the JaRIA Honor Awards 2021 and Reggaeville is proud to share the news and draw your attention to Category 12: "Exceptional Impact on the Reggae Industry". The winner of the sub-category NEW MEDIA is... REGGAEVILLE

This recognition makes us very proud and it is an amazing honour to be mentioned in this awardee list among these great Reggae legends. We are looking forward to the JaRIA Awards ceremony on February 28th, which will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. Congratulations to all winners and big up JaRIA! Scroll down for the complete winner list.

The nominees for the popular awards – Song of the Year and Breakthrough Artiste of the Year are open for the public to vote. The JaRIA Honour Awards provides an authentic barometer for gauging the development of the music and its practitioners. 

The Song of the Year award is given to a Jamaican song that has attained critical and commercial acclaim locally and internationally during the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 of the year prior to the award. The song cannot contain any profanity, discriminatory or derogatory lyrics. The nominees for this year are:

  • LOCKDOWN - KOFFEE
  • LOCO (REMIX) - AGENT SASCO, BOUNTY KILLA & KABAKA PYRAMID
  • LIGHTER - TARRUS RILEY feat. SHENSEEA
  • LIKE ROYALTY - PROTOJE feat. POPCAAN
  • COOL AS THE BREEZE - CHRONIXX


Breakthrough Artiste of the Year
contenders are:

  • SHANEIL MUIR
  • RAS I
  • BLVK H3RO
  • JAZ ELISE
  • KHALIA

The Breakthrough Artiste of the Year award is given to an emerging artist in recognition of their progress in the industry from a dilettante to a professional in the previous year (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020). Considerations in determining nominees include the artiste’s impact as gauged by growth of fan base, critical acclaim, extent of touring internationally, and increased recognition of catalogue. 

Voting @ JARIAENTERTAINMENT.com closes on Monday February 15th, 2021 at midnight .

Given the COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 is physically closed to the public but the awardees will be acknowledged in a glamorous, star-studded gala event using the essential elements of a concert format with performances interspersed between formal awards presentations. Past winners of the Breakthrough Artiste of the Year award include Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Koffee and Mortimer, while Song of the Year includes Mortimer’s Lightning, Koffee’s Toast and Iba Mahr’s Diamond Sox

About JaRIA
JaRIA is an independent, non-governmental organisation serving the needs and furthering the common interest of all individuals, institutions, and firms directly and indirectly involved in the Jamaican music and entertainment industries. JaRIA’s Signature events for Reggae Month 2021 are sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and partners the Jamaica Tourist Board, Tourism Enhancement Fund, CPTC and the CHASE Fund with further support from international media partners Reggaeville, Reggae Festival Guide, SurfoReggae and Riddim Agency.

THE JARIA HONOUR AWARDS - 2021 WINNERS 

1. A LIFE OF DEDICATION TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
OWEN GRAY

2. EXTRA ORDINARY IMPACT ON THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - MENTORSHIP
RONALD "NAMBO" ROBINSON

3. EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - POSTHUMOUS
EDWARD O'SULLIVAN LEE OD aka BUNNY
LEE WINSTON BOWEN aka "BOPEE"


4. EXTRA ORDINARY IMPACT ON THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - ENGINEER
SHANE BROWN
ORVILLE "ROREY" BAKER


5. EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - PRODUCER
LEROY & DAVE HEYWOOD "MAFIA & FLUXY"
HANDEL TUCKER


6. EXTRA ORDINARY IMPACT ON THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - SOUND SYSTEM
COUNT SHELLY
LLOYD COXSONE SOUND SYSTEM


7. EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - MUSICIAN (INSTRUMENTALIST)
STEPHEN 'CAT' COORE
DALTON BROWNE


8. ICON AWARD - ARTISTE/ MALE
JEPTHER MC CLYMONT OD - 'LUCIANO'
EWART "U-ROY" BECKFORD OD


9. ICON AWARD - ARTISTE/ FEMALE
PHYLLIS DILLON

10. ICON AWARD - DUO/GROUP
THE BLUES BUSTERS

11 EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - BAND
ASWAD

12. EXTRA ORDINARY IMPACT ON THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - MEDIA
SECULAR: ALLAN HOPE "MUTABARUKA"
GOSPEL: TONY YOUNG
NEW MEDIA: REGGAEVILLE


13. EXTRA ORDINARY IMPACT ON THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - PROMOTER
RAE TOWN

14. EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGGAE INDUSTRY - SONGWRITER
HAROLD BUTLER OD

15. ICON AWARD - GOSPEL ARTISTE
GEORGE BANTON
CHANGE


16. GREGORY ISAACS FOUNDATION AWARD - DANCE, FASHION, SELECTOR, ALBUM DESIGN
ALBUM DESIGNER: ORVILLE "BAGGA" CASE

17. BREAKTHROUGH ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
TBD

18. SONG OF THE YEAR
TBD

THE JARIA HONOUR AWARDS 2021 WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021 HERE!



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