The earlier date of December 18th marked the seventh consecutive annual Barbados Music Awards.
A rather slow start to the event was due to venue relocation as the result of inclement weather conditions which left many supporters standing in front of the Kensington Oval confused. The correct site which was held in the The Wildey Gymnasium, St Michael got off to a bumpy start but our entertainers were triumphant in turning the night round and put on a show to remember.
The star studded event had an impressive turnout of approximately 2000 patrons. Guest were walked through the evening by none other than Miss Kill Bill herself – Vivica. A. Fox and alongside her holding his own was Singer, Disc Jockey and all around entertainer, co-host Kirk Brown.
Rihanna along with Lil Rick won entertainer of the year within their respective categories. Lil Rick who has aptly rebranded himself Ricky Minaj also won Soca Artist Of The Year and Song Writer Of The Year.
For his song writing capacities Mr Hard Wine (Ricky Minaj) pocketed a neat $1000 dollar prize from COSCAP as a thank you for maintaining fantastic standards of Soca music.
Never one to be outdone, shy retiring wall flower ‘Rhi Rhi’, bagged Song of the Year and Music Video Of The Year, however whilst we love her in her track ‘We Found Love’ it still stands to be questioned why she received the latter award!
Other awards included Reggae/Dancehall Artist Of The Year – Buggy Nhakente; Instrumentalist Of The Year – Elan Trotman; Jazz Artist Of The Year – Rosemary Phillips; Gospel Of The Year – The Silvertones; Rap/Hip Hop Of The Year – Az Man; and Band Of TheYear – Nexcyx.
R’n’B American girl group Allure were also on Bajan soil performing popular tracks like ‘To Be Real’, ‘You Got The Best Of My Love’, ‘All Cried Out’ and ‘Butterflies’ and they collected the International Award of Excellence.