The first ever staging of the Reggae Academy Awards was held on February 24, 2008 at the Jamaica National Indoor Centre in Kingston. The show, which officially began at 8:00p.m. had all the makings for a superb event.

In attendance were, Prime Minister the Most Honourable Bruce Golding, Minster Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Mega Actress Grace Jones, Music Extraordinary Chris Blackwell, Ernie Ranglin, African Superstar Idibi 2Face, Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Shaggy, Miss Jamaica World 2007 Yendi Phillips amongst others.

Performances came from the likes of Cherine Anderson who did “State Of Mind, The Energy God Elephant Man with his rendition of the popular street dance “Gully Creeper”, Shaggy who spoke about “Church Heathen” and Marcia Griffiths with the undying “Electric Boogie”.

Etana display high quality performance, it was nothing but top quality delivery. Tarrus Riley treated the females with “She’s Royal”. Morgan Heritage delivered a high-energy set, they had crowd moving to their songs. Demarco paid tribute to all the “Fallen Soldiers” and Queen Ifrica represented herself and women well.

Other performances for the night came from Ziggy Marley, Toots Hibbert, Assassin, Harry Toddler, Ce’Cile, Elephant Man, Voicemail, Wayne Marshall and Diana King.

Tarrus Riley walked away the biggest winner at the awards show. He won four awards including Most Popular Song and Best Reggae Song for his monster breakthrough hit, “She’s Royal”. He grabbed the Best Solo Male Vocal Performance, and breakthrough Reggae Artiste awards, and then got two others, Rupert Campbell won for Best Reggae Video (director’s award) for “She’s Royal” while engineer Romel Marshall won for Best Reggae Recording.

Beenie Man won one award for the Most Popular Artiste, as well as Munga Honourable for Best Breakthrough Dancehall artiste. Sean Paul shared best Reggae Vocal Performance for “On My Mind with Da’Ville.

Stephen McGregor won Best Dancehall Compilation for “Tremor” as well as Best Dancehall Rhythm for “Tremor”. He proved once again why we should refer to him as a genius. The award was presented to him by recording greats Steelie and Clevie.

Brick and Lace were winners of the Best Dancehall Vocal performance by duo or group category, for the song, “Love Is Wicked”.

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell accepts his Trailblazer Award from Information Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.

Prodigal Son receives his Best Solo Male Vocal Gospel Award from Tommy Cowan.

Shaggy won Best Dancehall Album for “Intoxication”.

Overall, the inaugural Reggae Academy Awards was a successful event.
















Best Reggae Song

She’s Royal by Omar Tarrus Riley (Song Writer Award)

Best Solo Male Vocal Performance

She’s Royal by Tarrus Riley

Best Solo Female Reggae Vocal Performance

Roots by Etana

Best Reggae Album

Mind Control by Stephen Marley

Best Instrumental Recording/Album

Making notes by Robbie Lyn

Best Dancehall Riddim

Tremor by Stephen McGregor

Best Gospel Album

Prodigal Son, Prodigal son

Best Gospel Song

Can’t Stop Now by Kemoy Rowe, William Barclay and Courick Clarke

(Song Writer Award)

Best Music Producer

Stephen Marley

Best Solo Male Dancehall Vocal Performance

Nah Go A Jail by Busy Signal

Best Female Dancehall Vocal Performance

Chat To Me Back by Lady Saw

Best Dancehall Vocal (Performance by duo or group)

Love Is Wicked by Brick and Lace

Best Dancehall Album

Intoxication by Shaggy

Best Dancehall Video

Church Heathen Remix by Jay Will Breakthrough Reggae Artiste – Tarrus Riley

Best International Reggae/Dancehall Artiste

Collie Budz

Best Reggae Compilation Album

Jamdown Riddim Driven by Delmar Drummond Dangerzone

(Executive Producer’s Award)

Best Reggae Video

She’s Royal by Rupert Campbell

(Video Director’s Award)

Best Reggae Recording

She’s Royal by Romel Marshall

(Engineer’s Award)

Best Reggae Vocal Performance (Duo, Group, Collaboration)

On My Mind by Da’ville and Sean Paul

Best Dub Recoding or Album

Live As One by Zion Train

Breakthrough Dancehall Artiste

Munga Honourable

Best Reggae Riddim

Guardian Angel by Arif Cooper/Fresh Ear

(Producer’s Award)

Best Dancehall Song

Nah Go A Jail by Reanno ‘Busy Signal’ Gordon

(Songwriter’s Award)

Best Dancehall Compilation (two or more artistes)

Tremor Riddim Driven by Stephen McGregor/Big Ship Music

Best Dancehall Recording

One Loaf A Bread by Damion Marley

(Engineer’s Award)

Best Solo Male Vocal Gospel Performance

This Place by Prodigal Son

Best Solo Female Gospel Performance

Pray For Peace by Chevelle Franklyn

Best Vocal Gospel Performance (group, duo, collaboration)

Ketch A Fyah by Prodigal son and Jason mighty

Best Gospel Music Video

Gully People Supen By Andrew Gray

(Video Director’s Award)

Most Popular Song

She’s Royal by Tarrus Riley

(Peoples Choice Award)

Most Popular Artiste

Beenie Man

Special Awardees

Reggae Trailblazer Award – Chris Blackwell

Reggae Legend Award – Ernie Ranglin

Reggae Icon Award – Bob Marley

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