Royal treatment for Tarrus Riley at Reggae Academy Awards

Tarras Riley

ROOTS-REGGAE singer Tarrus Riley, who captured the imagination with his sensational album, Parables, won four awards at the inaugural Reggae Academy Awards, held Sunday evening at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Riley won the Best Reggae Song, Best Solo Male Vocal Performance, Breakthrough Reggae Artiste and Most Popular Song categories.

His ballad, She’s Royal, earned him the Best Reggae Song and Most Popular Song awards.

Stephen Marley won two awards: Best Reggae Album for his Grammy-winning Mind Control, and Best Music Producer.

There were three special awards.

Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell, got the Reggae Trailblazer Award, while guitarist Ernie Ranglin, Blackwell’s righthand man when he started Island in 1959, won the Reggae Legend Award.

Bob Marley, who came to international prominence in the 1970s with Island and recorded with Ranglin at producer Clement Dodd’s Studio One in the 1960s, was named Reggae Legend.


Reggae Academy Award winners
Best Reggae Song – She’s Royal Omar ‘Tarrus’ Riley

(Songwriter’s Award)
Best Solo Male Vocal Performance – She’s Royal, Tarrus Riley
Best Solo Female Reggae Vocal Performance – Roots, Etana
Best Reggae Album – Mind Control, Stephen Marley
Best Instrumental Recording/Album – Making Notes, Robbie Lyn
Best Solo Male Dancehall Vocal Performance – Nah Go A Jail, Busy Signal
Best Female Dancehall Vocal Performance – Chat To Me Back, Lady Saw
Best Dancehall Vocal (Performance by duo or group) – Love Is Wicked, Brick and Lace
Best Dancehall Album – Intoxication, Shaggy
Best Dancehall Video – Church Heathen Remix, Jay Will
Breakthrough Reggae Artiste – Tarrus Riley
Best Dancehall Riddim – Tremor, Stephen McGregor
Best Gospel Album – Prodigal Son, Prodigal Son
Best Gospel Song – Can’t Stop Now, Kemoy Rowe, William Barclay and Courick Clarke

(Songwriter’s Award)
Best Music Producer – Stephen Marley
Best International Reggae/Dancehall Artiste – Collie Budz
Best Reggae Compilation Album – Jamdown Riddim Driven, Delmar Drummond Dangerzone

(Executive Producer’s Award)
Best Reggae Video – She’s Royal Rupert Campbell

(Video Director’s Award)
Best Reggae Recording – She’s Royal, Romel Marshall

(Engineer’s Award)
Best Reggae Vocal Performance (Duo, Group, Collaboration) – On My Mind, Da’Ville and Sean Paul
Best Dub Recording or Album – Live As One, Zion Train
Breakthrough Dancehall Artiste – Munga Honourable
Best Reggae Riddim – Guardian Angel, Arif Cooper/Fresh Ear

(Producer’s Award)
Best Dancehall Song – Nah Go A Jail Again, Reanno ‘Busy Signal’ Gordon

(Songwriters’ Award)
Best Dancehall Compilation
(two or more artistes) – Tremor Riddim Driven, Stephen McGregor/Big Ship Music
Best Dancehall Recording – One Loaf a Bread, Damian Marley (Engineer’s Award)
Best Solo Male Vocal Gospel – This Place, Prodigal Son

Best Solo Female Gospel Performance – Pray For Peace, Chevelle Franklyn
Best Vocal Gospel Performance by a group, duo or collaboration – Ketch A Fyah, Prodigal Son and Jason Mighty
Best Gospel Music Video – Gully People Supen, Andrew Grey

Video Director’s Award
Most Popular Song – She’s Royal, Tarrus Riley (People’s Choice Award)
Most Popular Artiste – Beenie Man

Special Awardees
Reggae Trailblazer Award – Chris Blackwell
Reggae Legend Award – Ernie Ranglin
Reggae Icon Award — Bob Marley

Source: JamaicaGleaner