Hapilos awards off

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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SATURDAY'S 21st Hapilos Anniversary and Digital Awards has been postponed. The event was scheduled for the Chinese Benevolent Association of Jamaica Centre in St Andrew.

No reason was given for the postponement. Neither was a new date announced.

In a statement yesterday, Johnny Wonder, 21st Hapilos's executive vice-president, apologised "for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused".

"We at 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the event; the Jamaican recording fraternity, our sponsors, fans, supporters and those who were slated to perform," said Wonder.

The awards recognise achievements of artistes and producers in digital distribution as well as their contributions to the music industry.

"Direct sales and streams are used to determine the winners," Wonder told the Jamaica Observer.

Categories include Top Selling Single of the Year, Lifetime Award and Producer Buzz Award. The awards were previously held in 2011 and 2012.

According to the New York Post, Kevin Reynolds — CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution — was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport last Sunday, after being on the run from United States law enforcement since 2002.

The Post reported that Reynolds had been using the name Dennis Graham and travelled to Jamaica and the US under that identity.

Reynolds was wanted for the alleged 2002 murder of Winston King, who was killed in front of his 11-year-old daughter in Silver Spring, Maryland.

He was awaiting a flight to Jamaica when he was arrested.

With headquarters in Kingston and New York, 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, is the largest digital distributor of dancehall, reggae and Caribbean music.

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