Ri-Ri, Blood big winners
THE NEW YEAR has opened on a high note for Rude Girl Rihanna.
Days after taking the People’s Choice Award at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, Rihanna landed six awards at last Saturday’s Barbados Music Awards held at the gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Even though she was not in the house, it could easily have been dubbed the Rihanna segment. She was announced winner of the Entertainer Of The Year (Female), Song Of The Year, Best Collaboration, Best Pop/Rock/Alternative/Dance Single, Album Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year (Female). The awards were presented ahead of Saturday’s show.
Anderson Blood Armstrong was hot on her heels with five awards. Appearing on stage so often, Blood was in danger of running out of things to say. He received awards for Best Soca Single (Male), Compilation Of The Year, the elusive Producer Of The Year, Male Entertainer Of The Year and Best Soca/Ragga Soca/Calypso (Artiste/Group).
There was much excitement in the gymnasium when the various awards were announced, but the most noise by far came when the 100-voice choir from St Leonard’s Boys’ School was announced Choir/Chorale Of The Year and Best New (Artiste/Group).
A number of other people in the industry were presented with Cornerstone, Lifetime Achievement, Living Legend, Award of Excellence and International Lifetime Achievement awards.
When the awards were all announced and presented, patrons got an opportunity to sample some of the excellent home-grown talent.
These included the likes of Shelly Chase, Gabby, Biggie Irie, Mr Dale, Li’l Rick and the Hypa Kids, Blood and Mikey – all of whom were in fine form.
The highlight of the evening should have been a full 40-minute performance by Faith Evans, fans got half of that. But based on the response, they enjoyed every minute of it.
Local dancers and singers did the country proud in a spectacular tribute to the late Prime Minister David Thompson, which put an excellent cap on the night. The elaborate dance, vocal and video tribute saw performances from The St Leonard’s Boys’ Choir, Ronnie Morris, Rosemary Phillips, Ria Borman, Kelly Cadogan, Alison Norville-Forde and Toni Norville.
Tribute was also paid to Mike Wilkinson by his brother Richard Stoute, Smokey Burke, Colleen Brewster and Shirley Stewart.
The show started off on a grand note with an all-boy quartet from The St Leonard’s Choir calling themselves The Faithful Few and delivering an a cappella version of the National Anthem. They were followed by Peach, Daniel, Hottaflames and Buggy.
Band Of The Year – krosfyah
Female Entertainer Of The Year – Rihanna
Male Entertainer of the Year – Blood
Instrumentalist of the Year – Arturo Tappin
Best Reggae/Dancehall (Artiste/Group) – Buggy Nhakente
Best Soca/Ragga soca/Calypso (Artiste/Group) – Anderson Blood Armstrong
Best New (Artiste/Group) – St Leonard’s Boys’ Choir
Best Gospel (Artiste) – Toni Norville
Best Soul/R&B (Artistes/Group) – Shontelle
Best Jazz (Artiste/Group) – Arturo Tappin
Best Rap/Hip Hop (Artiste/Group) – Danny Reid
Choir/Chorale Of The Year – St Leonard’s Boys’ Choir
Song Of The Year – Rihanna (Rude Girl)
Best Collaboration (Love The Way You Lie) – Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Soca Single (Female) – Indrani (Fyah Wata)
Best Ragga/Mid-Tempo Single (Female) – TC (Down De Road)
Best Social Commentary (Male) – Red Plastic Bag (Signs)
Best Social Commentary (Female) – TC (Stimulus)
Best Pop/Rock/Alternative/Dance Single – Rihanna (Rude Girl)
Best Reggae/Dancehall Single – High Grade (Pressure Point)
Best Gospel/Inspirational Single – Toni Norville (Reach Out In Faith)
Pop/Rock/Alternative/Dance Artiste/Group – Rihanna
Compilation Of The Year (Various) – Soca Dons And Divas
Album Of The Year (Artiste/Group) – Rihanna (Rated R)
Producer Of The Year – Anderson Blood Armstrong
Songwriter Of The Year – Mr Dale
Music Video Of The Year (Male) – Edwin Yearwood (Chrissening)
Music Video Of The Year (Female) – Rihanna (Rude Boy)
Best Soul/R&B/Hip Hop Single – Shontelle (Impossible)
People’s Choice – High Grade