Intenational Reggae & World Music Awards

2009 IRAWMA Winners:


Held at York College Performing Arts Center on May 03, 2009


Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year – Beres Hammond
Recording Artist of the Year – Mavado

Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley
Best Female Vocalist - Queen Ifrica & Etana (
Best Song –Mavado “So Special” 

Best CD – Etana “Strong One”

Best Crossover Song –John Legend & Buju “Can’t Be My Lover”
Best Gospel Song – Stitchie & Elephant Man- “What A Mighty God”

Best Female D.J./Rapper – Queen Ifrica
Best Male D.J./Rapper – Beenie Man

Best New Entertainer – Serani

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer- Alison Hinds

Best Reggaeton Entertainer – Daddy Yankee

Best Latin Entertainer- Shakira

Best Compas Entertainer – Nu-Look

Best African Entertainer – Alpha Blondy

Best Soukous Entertainer- Awilo Longomba

Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer – Lil Wayne

Outstanding Contribution to World Music – Wyclef Jean

Most Outstanding Stage Personality – Machel Mantano

Best Music Video – Stephen & Damian Marley “The Mission

Best Poet- Mutabaruka

Most Educational Entertainer – Morgan Heritage

Most Outstanding Show Band– Machel & Xtatik Band

Most Consistent Entertainer – Calypso Rose

Most Promising Entertainer – Lutan Fyah

Most Improved Entertainer – Tanya Mullings
Best Instrumentalist –Dean Fraser 

Best Backing Band – New Kingston

Most Popular Selector – Stone Love

Concert of the Year –-Irie Jamboree

Promoter of the Year – Sumfest

Producer of the Year – Steven McGregor

Songwriter of the Year – Beres Hammond
Award for Spiritual Service thru Music – Lutan Fyah

Community Service Award – Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E.

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award- Shaggy    

Best Song in Tribute to Barack Obama- Cocoa Tea – “Barack Obama”

SPECIAL: Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee – Clive Hunt, King Short Shirt, Sweet Honey in the Rock

SPECIAL: Master of the Caribbean Award – Mighty Sparrow

SPECIAL: Martin’s International/Inter-Culture Award of Honor – Granville Straker

SPECIAL: Award for Contributions to Music, Arts & Culture – Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange

SPECIAL: Producer’s “Respect” Award – Usain Bolt

SPECIAL: Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to Music Industry – Owen Dalhouse, Brigadier Jerry, Road Int’l, Heavy D