The First-Ever Annual Caribbean Music Awards: What You Missed And Full Winners List – DancehallMag

The first annual Caribbean Music Awards was held on Thursday at King’s Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the neighborhood known as New York’s “Little Caribbean.” Hosted by Grammy-winning artist Wyclef Jean, the show was a vibrant and spirited celebration of all music, people, and culture with roots in the West Indies. 

“I’ve been to the Grammys, MTV Awards, all kinds of awards around the world. This is the only award show I feel so comfortable, I can wear my bloodclxt sandals,” Clef told the audience at the top of the show.

“Tonight is a very, very important night as we celebrate the Caribbean region. Tonight is history,” the Haitian music mogul said. “They steal our culture and they change the name of it. They call it ‘pop.’ Tonight, we’re taking everything back to the Caribbean.”

Host Wyclef Jean at the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Amaya McDonald/DancehallMag)

Unlike other major music awards like the Grammys or Billboard Music Awards, the Caribbean Music Awards recognized artists from Caribbean music genres, including Soca, Dancehall, and Kompa, among others. Award recipients were chosen by fans, who had opportunities to vote for their favorite songs, artists, and music videos online, months before the event.

“It’s much more special when it’s from your own people,” said Kabaka Pyramid, who was awarded the 2022 Impact Award. He told DancehallMag, “The vibe in here is crazy. Real Caribbean culture inna di place. It’s just a lovely vibe, and I’m glad to be here.” 

Kabaka Pyramid and Cham at the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Amaya McDonald/DancehallMag)

Opening with a performance by Karnival Bounce Crew with appearances from R&B singer Mya, Majah Hype, DJs Jabba and Bobby Konders, and more throughout the night, the energy in King’s Theatre was infectious. 

Dancehall artist Ding Dong amped up the crowd along with an entourage of dancers who joined him in performing some of his most popular songs, including Genna Bounce, Fling, and Happiness. Later on, he was awarded Dance Song of the Year for his 2022 song, Bounce.

From Best New Artist winner Tempa to veterans like Wayne Wonder and Machel Montano, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Barbados-born rapper Doug E. Fresh, the Caribbean Music Awards accounted for decades of Caribbean music, and music influenced by the Caribbean, that has not received recognition from larger, mainstream music organizations. As generations of artists and fans sang and danced together, the evolution of Caribbean music and its need to be celebrated was undeniable.

“The music has evolved, and life is all about changing too,” Joseph Stepper told DancehallMag. The Wife singer said, “Music is life, so it have to change. If we see the youth them goin astray, I and I as the ancient and some of the elder artist have to teach them the right thing too…The youth is the future.”

In one of the show’s most memorable moments, a younger generation of Jamaican artists sang in honor of Beres Hammond, who was the Elite Icon Award Honoree. 

Toni-Ann Singh performing at the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Amaya McDonald/DancehallMag)

Dexta Daps, Kranium, Toni-Ann Singh, and Romain Virgo performed a medley of Hammond’s hits, including Step Aside, Rock Away, Double Trouble, and I Feel Good. Kranium, who sang Sweet Lies and Standing in my Way in honor of the Reggae lovers’ rock icon said, “It was a great feeling to perform and actually doing a tribute to him was one of the most amazing feelings.”

“We grew up listening to Beres and I’m happy I get a chance to be in the music industry and actually meet him and do a tribute to him,” Kranium told DancehallMag. “That was a highlight for me.”

Kranium on the red carpet at the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Amaya McDonald/DancehallMag)

Hammond was also officially honored by the New York City Council for his contributions to the Caribbean community. 

The night concluded with a high-energy performance by Wayne Wonder, Cham, and Dexta Daps, who won his first-ever award in the Performer of the Year – Dancehall category.  

Dexta Daps at the Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards at Kings Theatre on August 31, 2023 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Amaya McDonald/DancehallMag)

“The best place to be in the world tonight is right here,” Cham told DancehallMag. “This should’ve been going on for a long time, but nothing happens before its time, so we are blessed and happy to be here.”

Here is a list of the night’s winners and nominees: 

Artist Of The Decade

Winner: Vybz Kartel
Machel Montano
Kes The Band
Beenie Man
Bounty Killer

2022 Impact Award – Reggae

Winner: Kabaka Pyramid
Royal Blu
Jaz Elise

Humanitarian Award Honoree – Buju Banton Foundation

People’s Choice Award (Fan Favorite)

Winner: Kes 
Dexta Daps
Patrice Roberts
Vybz Kartel

2022 Impact Award – Soca

Winner: Ding Dong
DJ Cheem
Adam O 

Video of the Year – Reggae/Dancehall 

Winner: Next to Me – Popcaan (feat. Toni-Ann Singh)
Bounce – Ding Dong
History – Masicka
Born Fighter – Jahshii
Dolly – Shenseea

Video of the Year – Soca

Mind My Business – Patrice Roberts
Dingolay – Nailah Blackman, Mical Teja
Jolene – Kes, Dwala
Nasty Flow – Nessa Preppy, DJ Private Ryan
Jelly – Nadia Batson
Easy – Desta Garcia

Elite Calypso Music Award Honoree – David Rudder

Female Artist of the Year (Dancehall)

Winner: Spice
Shaneil Muir
Jada Kingdom
Tina (HoodCelebrity)
Stefflon Don 

Female Artist of the Year (Soca)

Patrice Roberts
Nailah Blackman
Nadia Batson
Fay-Ann Lyons
Destra Garcia
Alison Hinds

Female Artist of the Year (Reggae)

Lila Ike
Naomi Cowan

Male Artist of the Year (Soca)

Bunji Garlin
Machel Montano
Voice The Artiste
Problem Child
Skinny Fabulous

Male Artist of the Year (Reggae)

Beres Hammond
Kabaka Pyramid
Tarrus Riley

Male Artist of the Year (Dancehall)

Dexta Daps
Ding Dong

Best New Artist – Reggae

Winner: Samora
Joby Jay 
Irie Souljah
Aza Lineage 

Best New Artist – Soca

Winner: Tempa
Melly Rose
Anika Berry
Shireen B
Faith Callender

Best New Artist – Dancehall

Nelly Cottoy
Stalk Ashley

Collaboration of the Year – Reggae/Dancehall

Winner: Skeng (feat. Nicki Minaj) – Little Miss
Masicka (feat. Steflon Don) – Moments
Popcaan (feat. Imeru Tafari) – Elevate
Sean Paul (feat. Shenseea, Gwen Stefani) – Light My Fire
Skeng, Stalk Ashley – Talibhan
Proteje (feat. Jorja Smith) – Ten Cane Row
Baby Cham, Bounty Killer – Bloodclxxt 

Collaboration of the Year – Soca

Winner: GBM Nutron (feat. DJ Spider) – Down Dey
Skinny Fabulous, Problem Child – Danger
Kes (feat. J Perry) – Liki Tiki
Nailah Blackman, Mical Teja – Dingolay
Kes (feat. Dwala) – Jolene

Kompa Music Award Honoree – Mikaben 

Dance Song of the Year

Winner: Bounce – Ding Dong 
Leggo Di Bird – Laa lee
Bing Bong – DJ Cheem 
In the Water – Suhraw (feat. Chow Minister)
Foot – Squash 
Touch Your Head – Elephant Man

Kompa Band of the Year 

Winner: Klass 
Bedjine Kadilac
Nu Look

Elite Icon Award Honoree – Beres Hammond

Album of the Year – Dancehall

Winner: 438 – Masicka
Emancipated – Spice
True Religion – Vybz Kartel
Alpha – Shenseea
Scorcha – Sean Paul

Album Of The Year – Reggae

The Kalling – Kabaka Pyramid
Gifted – Koffee
Third Time’s A Cham – Protoje
Rise Up – Sizzla
Come Fly Wid Me – Shaggy

EP Of The Year – Reggae/Dancehall

Accoustic Gold – Etana
God N Gun – Govana
In Too Deep – Kranium
Beast Of The Era – Skeng
The Ripple EFFX – Alkaline

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree – Machel Montano

Performer of the Year – Dancehall 

Winner: Dexta Daps
Ding Dong
Elephant Man
Baby Cham

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