Twelve to get Inspire Awards

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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TWELVE individuals from the entertainment industry and related fraternities are selected to be lauded at the inaugural Inspire Awards, presented by the organisers of Reggae Sumfest.

The invitation-only ceremony is scheduled for the Iberostar Resort in St James on Thursday evening.

Topping the list of honorees is reggae singer Beres Hammond, one of the headliners set to take to the stage on the Saturday. With more than four decades of music under his belt, Hammond will be getting the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Sumfest Legend Award will go to self-proclaimed “king of the dancehall”, Beenie Man. Among the criteria set for this category is that the awardee should have performed at Reggae Sumfest for 15 or more times and has maintained popularity with his/her audience.

Chronixx is slated to receive the Rising Star Award. This honour is presented to an artiste, 30 years and under, who shows dedication, professionalism, motivation, and upward mobility.

The organisers have also established the Reggae Sumfest Music Hall of Fame. This award will honour the best-known and most influential people in these areas of the industry, who have had some major influence on the development of reggae and dancehall music as well as to the acceptance of these genre globally.

The inaugural inductees into the Hall of Fame are singer Bob Andy, musicians Sly & Robbie , music industry mogul Chris Blackwell, and artiste manager and booking agent Copeland Forbes.

The Golden Pen Award recognises a journalist's long-standing and ongoing commitment to the coverage of Reggae Sumfest. American writer Pat Meschino, who has for more than two decades covered the local music scene for international publications — including Reggae Report, The Source, Vibe, The Village Voice, Skywritings, Jamrock, and Billboard magazines — is this year's recipient.

Local media personalities Marlon Tingling, Winford Williams and Alan Lewin will also be given special awards.

Sumfest organisers have also created the Reggae Sumfest Big Up Award for an individual who has shown unwavering loyalty and dedication to the festival for more than 15 years. Hermine, a vendor at Sumfest for 25 years, is slated to receive this award.

— Richard Johnson

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