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Joseph Jackson (right), father of the late international music icon, Michael Jackson, received an International Icon Award and the International Lifetime Achievement Award (in memoriam) on behalf of his son from Prime Minister David Thompson.


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Barbados Music Awards celebrate five years in style


Fashion, flair and Fantasia were the highlights of the 2010 Barbados Music Awards on Sunday night.

Patrons arrived at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Sunday night bedecked in the latest fashions for a five-hour show which paid tribute to Barbados’ music community, the late Michael Jackson and featured international star, Fantasia Barrino.

Red Plastic Bag, Edwin Yearwood and the band Krosfyah captured the majority of the awards that night. Red Plastic Bag won Song of the Year, Soca Mid-Tempo Single (Male) and Best Social Commentary. Edwin Yearwood won Entertainer of the Year and Soca Up-Tempo Single and the band Krosfyah won Band/Group of the Year and Band/Group of the Decade.

Singing sensation Fantasia was awarded with an International Award of Excellence and Joseph Jackson received an International Icon Award and the International Lifetime Achievement Award (in memoriam) on behalf of his son, the late Michael Jackson.

The first half of the awards ceremony was punctuated by outstanding performances by Barbados’ best. The show opened with Natahlee, TC and Edwin Yearwood singing their hits from 2009. Ria Borman, who looked stunning in a green outfit, paid tribute to Marvo Manning.

Livvi Franc sang ‘Now I’m That Chick’ and Jaicko performed ‘Oh Yeah’. Other local performances came from Ruby Tech, Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner Jalissa Greaves, Terry ‘Mexican’ Arthur and John Roett.
The show was taken to another level in the tribute to Michael Jackson. The dancers of the Love Life All Stars dance group must be commended for an outstanding performance to some of Jackson’s songs which earned them a standing ovation from the hundreds in attendance at an almost packed gymnasium.

The well-coordinated tribute ended with singers such as Ria Borman, Dwane Husbands, Ronnie Morris, TC and Alison Hinds singing some of Jackson’s songs. Hinds ended the set with a rendition of ‘Earth Song’ which also earned another standing ovation.

Fantasia goes all out for fans

Fans were then treated to an hour-long performance by Fantasia who rocked the gymnasium. Fantasia got up close and personal with her fans as she sang favourites such as ‘Free Yourself’ and ‘When I See You’. She went old school, added some gospel and even sang Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’. Barbados’ own Ria Borman even shared the stage with Fantasia and thrilled the audience.

Fantasia interacted well with the crowd and was comfortable in the space. She even performed barefooted, and came off the stage at point to go down into the crowd as she gave her all to the delight of her fans.

2010 BMA Honourees: Cornerstone Awards
Arturo Valentino
Joanne Sealey
Andrea Gollop-Greenidge
Anthony Bryan
Biggie Irie
John Sealy
John Roett
Tony Thompson

BMA Platinum Award
Shontelle-Shontelligence, T-Shirt

BMA Award of Excellence
Terencia ‘TC’ Coward

International Award of Excellence
Fantasia Barrino

Lifetime Achievement Award
Tony Hoyos
Marvo Manning
Living Legend

BMA Platinum Award
Livvi Franc

Best Music Video (Male)
Kirk Brown ft. Teijay

Best Music Video (Female)
Tara Holdipp

Best New Artist
Sir Ruel
Album of the Year Artist (Compilation)
Monstapiece- AWOL

Producer of the Year
KB Sharp

Backing Vocalist of the Year
Indra Rudder

Instrumentalist of the Year
Darien Bailey

Reggae Artist of the Year

Jazz Artist of the Year
Kellie Cadogan

Gospel Artist of the Year
Mya Daniel

Soca Artist of the Year
Terencia Coward

Pop/Rock/Alternative Artist of the Year
Philip 7

Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year
Ruby Tech

Soul/ R & B Artist of the Year

Soca Up-tempo Single
Edward Yearwood- In De Middle A De Road

Soca Mid-tempo Single (Male)
Red Plastic Bag- Something’s Happening

Soca Mid-tempo Single (Female)
Natahlee- This Is What We Do

Best Social Commentary
Red Plastic Bag- Home Drums

Best Collaboration
Alison Hinds and Richie Spice- King and Queen

Songwriter of the Year
Mr. Dale

Song of the Year
Red Plastic Bag- Something’s Happening

Album of the Year (Artist/Group)
Shontelle- Shontelligence

Band/Group of the Year

Entertainer of the Year (Male)
Edwin Yearwood

Entertainer of the Year (Female)
Alison Hinds

Song of the Decade

Group/Band of the Decade

Entertainer of the Decade (Male)
Lil Rick

Entertainer of the Decade (Female)

International Icon Award
Joseph Jackson

International Lifetime Achievement Award (in memoriam)
The late Michael Jackson

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