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VIDEO: Changes coming for Youth View Awards

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter

Monday, January 06, 2014    

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THERE are a couple of changes to this year's staging of Youth View Awards (YVAs), which is scheduled to be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Saturday, February 1.

The announcement was made by Karen Clarke, YVA organiser, at last Friday's launch held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston.

"This year we will be merging the males and females for the category Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year. We won't have a separate category for male and females as is the norm," she said. "The same concept will be done for the category Favourite Dancer. We believe that once an individual performed well, he or she should be rewarded."

Clarke also said there will be an online app which will be available to voters. She said there was also an increase of nominees from three to five in 22 of the 24 categories.

American teenage recording/acting sensation Zendaya Coleman, 17, will be one of the show's guest performers. Coleman — who plays Rocky Blue in the Disney Channel Series Shake it Up — single Replay debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Dance Chart.

The YVA's — now in its seventh year — aim at celebrating persons in the entertainment fraternity through their teen and young adult fans.

Past winners include I-Octane, Sean Paul and Olympic athlete Warren Weir.

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