Veteran dancehall sound Stone Love paid tribute to some of dancehall’s core participants at its awards show held at Weddy Weddy on Wednesday night.
According to veteran selector Geefus, Stone Love is legendary, hence their job is to lead by example.
“I have been with Stone Love for the majority of my career spanning over 20 years. A lot of entertainers have been developed by this sound system, and as a legend sound, we have to show our appreciation by recognising talent and growth and show an example,” Geefus said.
The award ceremony got on the way at 2 a.m. when host DJ Cigar signalled to the nominees to come closer to the main stage.
DJs Boom Boom and Harriot were the first major personalities to be awarded for the night when they were bestowed with the award of Best Party Selectors for 2011.
Chi Ching Ching was crowned the King of Slang and gave the patrons a taste of his talent giving a brief performance during his moment of glory.
Big Wayne was also awarded for his slang made popular by Twin of Twins.
In his speech, he said, “Big up Twin of Twins and big up Bounty Killer. From follow bakka to being awarded, mi feel proud.”
Shelly Belly and Ding Dong were both awarded in the category of Best International Dancer.
New dance group, Elite Team, received the award for Best New Dance Group.
Fresh Kids were awarded for their dance move called Splice in the category of Best Dance Move.
The award for Best Female Dance Group went to Global Girls.
The award for Best Male Dance Group went to Dance Xpressionz despite members of the audience mumbling that Orville was the only male in the group.
Junior Gong, Stephen Marley, and Buju Banton’s Jah Army won the award for Best dub-plate for 2011. Junior Gong received the award on behalf of the trio saying “Jaaaaah Rastafari” to a roaring crowd.
Gentleman and Richie Stephens were also awarded for their collaboration Live Your Live.
In his speech, Richie Stephens paid respect to veteran artiste Bounty Killer, who he described as being his unruly brother.
Stephens and Gentleman then gave the audience a brief performance of the song.
Other honourees for the night were Sample Six, DJ Dymond, DJ Bill Cosby, veteran dancehall video man Jack Sour, and Sound System 007.
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