If unscientific polls conducted by THE STAR on its social media pages are anything to go by, Spice had no equal on the entertainment scene in 2019, and Vybz Kartel is still the undisputed World Boss, even though Teejay’s popularity last year increased dramatically.
On New Year’s Eve, THE STAR asked its 498,000-plus Instagram and nearly 440,000 Facebook followers who they think should be the Male Artiste of the Year.
The Instagram results were tabulated after 20 hours of voting. The majority of respondents selected the Gaza boss.
However, the fast-rising Teejay, the Up Top Boss, finished second, but was not very far away from Kartel. Popcaan, Masicka and Alkaline rounded out the top five.
In the female category, however, respondents placed Spice miles ahead of her closest rivals Shenseea, Jada Kingdom and Koffee.
The polls were not necessarily representative of the whole dancehall industry, but they give some indication about the way fans have chosen to assess the sector. Additionally, the poll is not scientific in nature, and no mechanisms were in place to combat instances of multiple voting.
In the instances where votes were cast for multiple artistes, the decision was taken to regard them as spoilt ballots. In the cases where multiple votes were seen coming from one account, only one vote was given to the artiste for which they were intended.
At least 25 entertainers were mentioned as possible Male Artiste of the Year while the pool of persons suggested for Female Artiste of the Year was about 15 persons.
Meanwhile, Kartel has managed to maintain his high ratings and musical visibility despite being locked up since 2011. He, along with Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John, was convicted in 2014 for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
They were all given mandatory life sentences but the Fever deejay was ordered to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. The men have appealed their convictions and sentences. The Court of Appeal has indicated that a ruling would be handed down in short order.