Dancehall Queen ‘Spice’ Won Coveted Jamaica International Music Awards

Queen of dancehall music, Spice walked away with the most coveted awards at the inaugural Jamaica International Music Awards in Sunrise, Florida last night. The Grammy nominee won Best Female Reggae Dancehall Album with “ten,“a few moments after his single”Goh Down Deh” won song of the year.

Spice was not present to accept her award but delivered video acceptance speeches to her fans and organizers.

Other notable winners include Kevin Downswell – Best Gospel Artist; Shaniel Muir – Best New Artist, Danger Kid – Best South Florida DJ; and Kurt Riley – Jamaica’s Best DJ. Best Dancehall Reggae Male Album of the Year went to Mascika’s”438.”

The inaugural Jamaican Music Awards show was an overall success, and aside from a few issues, it went down well for the small crowd onsite in South Florida and those who tuned in on Instagram TV. MC Kadene Chambers’ smooth voice, punctuated with intermittent humor, kept the proceedings exciting and the crowd engaging.

The event’s chief organizer, Norman Lawrence, was very pleased with the outcome. “We are thrilled with how JIMA came to be. Last year was just a thought in our minds, and through hard work and long hours put in by the committee, we delivered a show that did what we set out – “owned and honored our music”. However, the true mark of a successful event is the impact on the audience. By that standard, JIMA was a smash hit as “what a great night” and “be sure to keep going!” the comments received from participants were too numerous to count. I am proud of the work accomplished by our team. Planning for next year’s event will begin immediately, as it will be bigger and better.

Several pioneers and eminent ambassadors of Jamaican music were honoured. Byiome ‘I Octane’ Muir, who hosted the evening, was recognized for his humanitarian efforts. Eddy Edwards was honored for his long service and pioneering leadership in entertainment, marketing and events for over 20 years. Carlton “Spragga Benz” received a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the Jamaican music industry.

One of the best speeches came from Richard Mark ‘Honorebel’ Bailey, recognized for his contribution and work in the Reggae & Dancehall music industry. Industry accolades went to Stone Love and Metro Media, while Ricardo ‘Supa Twitch’ Sanchez was recognized for his 33 years of global involvement in the music industry.

The full list of winners:

Best Female Reggae/Dancehall Album/EP 2021

Spice – (10)

Best Male Reggae/Dancehall Album/EP 202

Mask (438)

Best New Reggae/Dancehall Artist 2021

Shaniel Muir

Best gospel reggae artist 2021

Kevin Downswell

Best DJ, South Florida 2021

Dangerous child

Top South Florida DJ Danger Kid and Kadene Chambers
Best South Florida Danger Kid DJ receiving the award from Kadene Chambers

Best DJ, Jamaica 2021

Kurt Riley

Kurt Riley and Kedene Chambers
Kurt Riley receiving his award from Kedene Chambers

Song of the year 2021

Get Down Deh – Spice, Shaggy, Sean Paul

Life Achievement Award

Ewart ‘Mad Cobra’ Brown

Carlton “Spragga Benz” Scholarship

spragga benz

Industry Pillar Award

stone love

Metro Media

Ricardo ‘Supa Twitch’ Sanchez

33 years in the local and international music industry

Richard Mark ‘Honorebel’ Bailey

Contribution and work in the Reggae & Dancehall music industry

Pariome ‘I Octane’ Muir

Community Support – Humanitarian Award

I Octane receives an award
I Octane (right) receiving an award

sydney robert

Entrepreneurship and community support

Eddy Edwards

Long service and pioneering leadership in entertainment, marketing and events for over 20 years

Eddy Edwards and Norman 'Humble Lion' Lawrence
Eddy Edwards receives his award from Norman ‘Humble Lion’ Lawrence

Dale Holness, former Mayor of Broward County

Hard work in the community of Broward County and South Florida

Dale Holness and Sheriff Gregory Tony
Dale Holness receiving an award from Sheriff Gregory Tony

Mayor Hazel Rogers

Leadership in the Lakes Lauderdale and South Florida Community

Mayor Hazel Rogers

Trade Kings

Production and musical skills in South Florida and across the United States

Faithlyn Gayle

Hard work in social media and street promotions

Andrew ‘Tushie’ Campbell

Hard work in social media and street promotions

Lisa Barnes

Appreciation Award for Supporting WZOP and JIMA

Hans Mullings

Stellar work in event management

Duffton’ Tony Matterhorn’ Taylor

Stellar skills as a music selector and performer

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