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Proving yet again to be a chip off the old block – or in this case a strike off the old gong – Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, son of the legendary Bob “Tuff Gong” Marley, did his iconic father proud when he snagged the Entertainer of the Year award at the 32nd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday.

Marley, who also bagged another award for “Make It Bun Them,” his collaboration with electronic artist Skrillex, was also one of three artists who took home two awards each, with Tarrus Riley copping the Best Male Vocalist and Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer, and Mr Vegas winning the Best Song for “Sweet Jamaica” and Best Music Video for “Bruk It Down”.

Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, who nabbed the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with “Rebirth” earlier this year, also scored at IRAWMA in the Best Album category, while the Best Female Vocalist award went to Etana.

In a ceremony packed with the brightest stars in reggae and dancehall, awards were also presented to Richie Stephens, Konshens, Lady Saw, Mutabaruka, Morgan Heritage, Freddie McGregor, Romain Virgo, Dean Fraser, Third World and Stephen “De Genius” McGregor.

Flying the flag for Barbados was soca diva Alison Hinds, who picked up Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer, while Best Haitian Compas/World Music Entertainer went to Tropicana D.

International winners included Jay-Z (Best R&B – Hip-Hop Entertainer), Pitbull (Best Latin Entertainer), P Square (Best African Entertainer) and Heavy Hammer (Most Popular Sound System).

The Marley Family picked up the Royal Ambassador of Reggae World Music title, while former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga, Inner Circle, Duckie Simpson and Lloyd “Joe Fraser” Campbell were inducted into the Lifetime Hall of Fame. The Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award was presented to Capleton.

The list of awardees follows:

Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year – Damian Marley

Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley

Best Female Vocalist – Etana

Best Song – Mr Vegas “Sweet Jamaica”

Most Outstanding Show Band/Group – Morgan Heritage

Best Album – Jimmy Cliff

Best Crossover Song – Skrillex & Damian Marley

Best Gospel Oriented Song – Richie Stephens

Best Male DJ/Rapper – Konshens

Best Female DJ/Rapper – Lady Saw

Best New Entertainer – Wyre

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer – Alison Hinds

Best Latin Entertainer – Pitbull

Best African Entertainer – P Square

Best Soukous Entertainer – Papa Wemba

Best R&B – Hip Hop Entertainer – Jay Z

Best reggae Rock Entertainer – Collie Buddz & New Kingston

Best Chutney Entertainer – Rikki Jai

Best Music Video – Mr Vegas

Best Poet/Spoken Words – Mutaburuka

Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer – Tarrus Riley

Most Consistent Entertainer – Freddie McGregor

Most Promising Entertainer – Romain Virgo

Best Instrumental – Dean Fraser

Most Popular Sound System – Heavy Hammer (Italy)

Concert of the Year – Reggae Sunfest

Most Outstanding Dance group – X Klusiv Dancers

Best Haitian Compas/World Music Entertainer – Tropicana D

Best Caribbean Entertainer – Third World

Producer of the Year – Steven “Di Genius” McGregor

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award – Capleton

Royal Ambassador of Reggae World Music – The Marley Family

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