The YVA has rebranded this year to Your View Award and the producers are promising a bigger and better show set for February 24. The Your View Award is already stirring up some controversies with a major snub to Vybz Kartel due to some changes in the eligibility rules. Alkaline leads the list of nominees this year with seven nods including Hottest Summer Song (Red Eye), Favorite Local and International artist, and other categories like Chart Topper and Collaboration.
Spice is right behind Alkaline with six nominations including Favourite Dancehall Artiste, Favourite Caribbean Artiste, Favourite Local Artiste (Female), and more. Popcaan and Aidonia each have four nominations including nods in some of the same categories as Alkaline which means that the three of them are going head to head against each other for some of the most coveted trophies. Several other local acts who have done well in dancehall and reggae over the past year have received nominations including Spice, Shenseea, Mavado, Chronixx, Sean Paul, and more.
There are some rules for some categories in case you’re wondering why some artists didn’t get included in new categories like Album of the Year and Music Video Concept. “The YVA defines an album as having no less than five different tracks,” the Your View Awards said in a statement. “Sampler albums or albums which are compilation of tracks from other previously released albums are not eligible.
Your View Awards Nomination list:
Favourite Local Theatre Actor (Male): Keith “Shebada” Ramsey, Akeem Mignott, Glen Campbell, and Oliver Samuels;
Favourite Local Theatre Actor (Female): Camille Davis, Sakina Deer, Dahlia Harris and Andrea “Delcita” Wright.
Favourite Local Theatre Play: Wah Sweet Nanny Goat, Frank the Freak, and Matey Chronicles;
Favourite Dancehall Artiste: Alkaline, Popcaan, Spice, Aidonia and Shenseea;
Hot Summer Song: Yeah Yeah (Aidonia), Fling Yuh Shoulda (Ding Dong), Red Eyes (Alkaline) and Lifestyle (Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett).
Favourite Reggae Artiste: Chronixx, Romain Virgo, Jah Cure, Jahmiel, Protoje, and Damian Marley;
Favourite Caribbean Artiste: Alkaline, Popcaan, Spice, Machel Montano and Aidonia;
Favourite Local Album of the Year: Chronology (Chronixx), Stony Hill (Damian Marley), Be Yourself (Bugle) and Intro (Dexter Daps);
Favourite Local Chart-Topping Song: Yeah Yeah (Aidonia), Likes (Chronixx), She Nah Leggo (Lanz) and Pretty Girl Team (Alkaline);
Favourite Local Artiste (Female): Spice, Shenseea, Ishawna, Tifa, Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett;
Favourite Local Artiste (Male): Alkaline, Popcaan, Romain Virgo, Konshens, Aidonia;
Favourite Soca Song of the Year: Split In The Middle (Freezy), Workout (Kes and Nailah Blackman), Fast Wine (Machel Montano), and Big Bad Soca (Bunji Garlin);
Breakout Celebrity of the Year: Jada Kingdom, Lanz, Yanique “Curvy Diva” Barrett and Govana;
Favourite Soca Artiste: Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Destra, Kes the Band and Nailah Blackman;
Favourite Music Local or Regional Collaboration: We Pray by Dre Island featuring Popcaan, No Worries by Spice and D’Angel, Workout by Kes the Band featuring Nailah Blackman, Badness by Mavado and Jahmiel and Gyalis Pro by Sean Paul and Alkaline;
Favourite Dance Move: Fling by Kool Ravers, Genna Bounce by Ravers Clavers, Lebeh Lebeh by Ding Dong and Rock the world by Shakespeare.
Favourite Gospel Artiste: Kevin Downswell, Lucas Music, Marion Hall, Jermaine Edwards and Chozenn;
Favourite Dancer (Male): Ding Dong, Pancho, Kool Ravers.
Favourite Dancer (Female): Dancing Rebel, Desha Ravers, DHQ Sher, Dani Boo, DHQ Danger;
Favourite Video Director: Jay Will, Ruption, Xtreme Arts,
Favourite Music Producer: Troyton, Romeich, DJ Frass, Notnice, Chimney Records.