South African Nkulee Dube, daughter of the late reggae star Lucky Dube top the list of nominees in six categories for the 31st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), Although, CNN earlier broke the news of her nomination, no one knew that she was the top nominee. She became the first non-Caribbean entertainer to have been nominated in that many categories. She is selected for; Best Female Vocalist, Best Song, Best Album, Best Video, Best New Entertainer and Most Promising Entertainer.
She is followed by Tarrus Riley and Mavado, each with four nods. Damian Marley, Third World, Queen Ifrika, Stephen Marley, Fab 5, Ziggy Marley and Machel Montano, each picked up three honors. Other multiple nominees includes: Freddy McGregor, Jimmy Cliff, Laza Morgan, Marcia Griffiths, I-Octane, Sean Paul, BeenieMan, Tiana, The Green, Rihanna, Shaggy, Richie Spice, Protoje, Gentleman, Spice, Alison Hinds, Calypso Rose and Kes the Band. Visit www.irawma.com for the complete list of all the nominees. There you can vote for the winners, purchase tickets, advertise in the Awards magazine and/or become a supporting sponsor.
This year the Awards categories have been reduced from 44 to 30, but allowed up to seven nominees per category. The deadline for voting at www.irawma.com is May 15, 2012.
The official worldwide announcement was made from Jamaica and Chicago, this Monday morning on CVM TV and Martins TV. It will again be seen live Saturday, May 24, 2012 on
On Stage TV- CVM Station with live streaming on www.onstagetv.com; also on CEEN TV- Cablevision platform in New York Tri-states area.