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Queen Ifrika Is Top Winner At 2010 IRWMA

May 6, 2010

Reggae’s Queen Ifrika on Sunday night became the top winner at the the 29th annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held at York College in Jamaica, Queens.

Queens Ifrika won four awards including Recording Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best Female D.J./Rapper and Most Educational Entertainer.

Roy `Gramps` Morgan, soca Star Machel Montano walked away with three awards each. Morgan won for Best Song, Best Crossover Song and Best New Entertainer while soca star, Machel Montano, who clinched won for three of his five nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Most Outstanding Show Band and Best Calyso/Soca Entertainer.

Taurus Riley, Elephant Man, Julian Marley and Alison Hinds took home one each. Riley, who been nominated for six top awards only won in the Best Male Vocalist category while Marley took the win for Best CD. Elephant Man was named Best Male DJ/Rapper while Hinds won Best Female vocalist. Sean Paul won for Best Music Video while Barbee took home the Most Promising Entertainer award.

Beenie Man won for Most Outstanding Stage Personality while Freddie McGregor was named Most Consistent Entertainer.

The Best Backing Band award went to the New Kingston Band while Dean Fraser was named Best Instrumentalist. Shaggy & Friends were honored with a Community Service Award while Sumfest again won for Promoter of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Best Gospel Song award went to Omari while the Best Reggaeton award went to Pit Bull. Enrique Iglesias was named Best Latin Entertainer while the Best Compas Entertainer was Kryol La.

The Best African Entertainer was Samini while the Best Soukous Entertainer was Awilo Longomba. The Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer award went to Jamie Foxx while Mamadou Diabte  won for Outstanding Contribution to World Music.

Held at York College Performing Arts Center on May 02, 2010
1. Entertainer of the Year – Machel Montano
2. Recording Artist of the Year – Queen Ifrika
3. Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley
4. Best Female Vocalist – Alison Hinds
5. Best Song –Wash Away the Tears”- Gramps Morgan
6. Best CD – “Awake”- Julian Marley
7. Best Crossover Song – “Theraphy” – Gramps Morgan
8. Best Gospel Song – “Help” Omari
9. Best Female D.J./Rapper – Queen Ifrica
10. Best Male D.J./Rapper – Elephant Man
11. Best New Entertainer – Gramps Morgan
12. Best Calyso/Soca Entertainer- Machel Montano
13. Best Reggaeton Ent. – Pit Bull
14. Best Latin Entertainer- Enrique iglesias
15. Best Compas Ent. – Kryol La
16. Best African Ent. – Samini
17. Best Soukous Ent.- Awilo Longomba
18. Best Hip Hop/R&B Ent.- Jamie Foxx
19. Outstanding Contribution to World Music – Mamadou Diabte
20. Most Outstanding Stage Personality – BeenieMan
21. Best Music Video– “So Fine”- Sean Paul
22. Best Poet- Mutabaruka
23. Most Educational Entertainer – Queen Ifrika
24. Most Outstanding Show Band– Machel Montano & HD
25. Most Consistent Ent. – Freddie McGregor
26. Most Promising Entertainer – Barbee
27. Most Improved Entertainer – Winsome Benjamin
28. Best Instrumentalist –Dean Fraser
29. Best Backing Band – New Kingston
30. Most Popular Selector/Sound – One Love Hi Powa
31. Concert of the Year –- Rebel Salute
32. Promoter of the Year – Sumfest
33. Producer of the Year – Donovan Bennett
34. Songwriter of the Year – Queen Ifrika
35. Award for Spiritual Service Through Music – Capleton
36. Community Service Award – Shaggy & Friends
37. Most Outstanding Dance Group- Dancerz Blvd
38. Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award- (2) A. *Wyclef Jean
– B. * Rev Al Sharpton
39. Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee-(4)
– A. *Tony Ryan
-B. *Jack Scarpio
-C. *Noel Williams (King Sporty)
– D. *Tony Green
40. Martin’s International/Inter-Culture Award of Honor- Given May 2, 2010 (2)
– A. *India.Arie
-B. * Matisyahu (note: A request was made for this Award to be shipped his management, separately from the others).
41. Special Producer’s “Respect” Award
– * Rennie Cogle
42. Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry-
– Trevor Forde
– Ron Muchette
– Donovan Longmore
– Ricot Dupuy

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