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Barbados Music Awards Winners

January 29, 2008

bma-music-awards-logo.jpgThe Barbados Music Awards happened Sunday night at the Sir Garfeild Sobers Complex.
Click above BMA logo for complete results

When you hear the words “Red Carpet” the first things that come to mind are, limousines, lights, cameras, beautiful dresses, suits of all colours and of course celebrities. Well that was just the scene on Sunday night at the Third Annual Barbados Music Awards. The Timeless Barbados production, headed by Ronnie Morris was a well delivered event. The show, which started a bit later than scheduled, opened with a magnificent medley of songs performed by Karen Clarke and friends. Wayne ‘Cool’ Simmons, one of the MCs for the night, introduced Ronnie Morris to the stage to pay special tribute in song to the late Adrian Clarke, who passed away after collapsing at the Limelight Café on Friday. The proceedings quickly moved through the corner stone awardees, who this year included John Roett, Doris Provencal, Andre Woodvine and more.

2008 BMA Awards – Livi Franc
The night also gave way to a splendid mix of local, regional and international entertainers. Kicking off the performances was Hall Linton followed by Philip 7, their sultry voices left the ladies wanting more. Young J-Co gave a very stimulating performance, and the anticipated duo of Beenie Man and our very own Shontelle brought the crowd to the feet.


The favorite of the evening was without a doubt David Kirton, who took home three awards, Best Reggae Single, Reggae Artiste of the Year and Best Music Video – Male. The cheers coming from a section of the VIP area indicated that the judges got it right. Damian Marvay and Rubytech also took home three awards, in the rap categories. First time award winners Philip 7 and Nard were also greeted with a loud applause as they approached the stage to receive their awards. Nard (Justin Ward) was in full character through out the proceeding to the delight of his fans. The biggest shock for the night was the award for Best Social Commentary, which went to Blood and Red Plastic Bag. Not disputing that there are both excellent entertainers in their own right, but the award should have been presented to either one of them.

This year’s Peoples Choice awards went to John Doe – DJ and Rihanna – Entertainer of the Year. For the first time the BMA included an International Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Machel Montano. Machel’s acceptance speech was one of great appreciation for the support and recognition, his insatiable love for music and a dream to see the islands of the Caribbean united as one through music.

Not many hiccups noted during the ceremony, the promise of a shorter program did not materialize as the show went on till well after midnight. The long speech just before intermission was a questionable call, as the message was lost amongst the shuffling of people trying to get to the bathroom and refreshments. It must be said however, that although the entertainment package was ‘top-knotch’, there were too many and some way too long.

Here are all the winners:

Best Ragga- Soca Single- Male-
Mr. Dale- Soca Junkie

Best Ragga-Soca Single Female
Kimberley Inniss & Keann- Sweat

Best Soca Single
L’il Rick- Caan Wait

Best Social Commentary
Blood- Calypso Owes You Nothing
Red Plastic Bag- Bajans Can’t See

Best Soca Album (Solo, Duo or Group)
Krosfyah- Fire Proof

Best Reggae Single
David Kirton- Green Camouflage

Best Soca Compilation
Red Boyz- Soca Bonfire

Best Non- Soca Compilation
Hit Island Vol. 1

Reggae Artiste of the Year
David Kirton

Best Rock / Alternative Artist
Phillip 7

Best Jazz Album
Arturo Tappin

Best Jazz Artiste
Arturo Tappin

Gospel Artiste

Rap / Hip-Hop Artiste
Ruby Tech

Best Rap / Hip-Hop Single
Ruby Tech & Damian Marvay- Reasons

Pop / R&B Artiste of the Year

Best Pop / R&B Single
Rihanna- Don’t Stop The Music

Best Soca Collaboration
Kimberley Inniss & Keann- Sweat

Best Non- Soca Collaboration
Ruby Tech. & Damian Marvay- Reasons

Band of the Year

Producer of the Year
Red Boyz

Instrumentallist of the Year
Arturo Tappin

BMA Media Award- Print / Internet
Andrea King- Nation Newspaper

BMA Media Award- Radio / Television

Best New Artiste

Best Music Video- Male
David Kirton- Green Camouflage

Best Music Video- Female
Rihanna- Shut Up And Drive

Songwriter of the Year
Dale “Mr. Dale” Rudder

Deepu Panjwani

Song of the Year
Rihanna- Umbrella

Album of the Year
Rihanna- Good Girl Gone Bad

Entertainer of the Year – Female

Entertainer of the Year- Male
L’il Rick

People’s Choice DJ Award
Jon Doe

People’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

Click the following logo to view complete listing on the BMA nominees and categories.

2008 BMA winners

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