39th IRAWMA Nomination Now Open for Music Experts to Select Best of 2020!
IRAWMA-Jamaica, May 16th , 2021, visit www.martinsinternational.com or www.irawma.com
(Chicago, February 2021)
Nomination for the 39th IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) is now in progress and will be closed on March 20th , 2021. Since the beginning of February, reggae and world music industry members and music experts throughout the globe have been submitting their selections to say who will be on the ballot for the best of 2020.
The annual IRAWMA is the only one of its kind that honors the best of reggae and world music entertainers, globally, since 1982. If you are a music industry member or music expert who would like to participate in the selection for the best of 2020, visit www.irawma.com or www.martinsinternational.com to download and submit the nomination ballot.
“This year, because of the Pandemic, we have reduced the number of categories for Awards to 32, plus the Special Awards of Honor, and we have added two new categories; namely: Virtual Entertainer of the Year and Best Virtual Showcase. We have also, renamed the “Best Soukous Entertainer” to “Best Afrobeat Entertainer”, said, Mr. Ephraim Martin, Martin’s International President and IRAWMA’s Producer.
Mr. Martin went on to say, “The category for Best Album/CD will be given in the name of one of Reggae’s founding fathers, Toots Hibbert, who made his transition last year. It will now be known as the “Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD”, and for this year will be sponsored under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports (MCGES)”.
Martin’s International, in 2020, did not let the COVID-19 stop the only music Awards that have been honoring the best in the reggae and world music industry for 38 consecutive years . In fact, on March 21st, last year, IRAWMA became the first known international music Awards to broadcast virtually without an audience. It was televised and broadcasted on OnStage TV, CVM TV, and IRIE FM radio live from Jamaica to hundreds of thousands worldwide who viewed the coveted IRAWMA.
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Now that COVID-19 vaccines are available, reggae fans just cannot wait for the possibility of an in-person celebration on Sunday, May 16, 2021 out of Kingston, Jamaica. For now, however, Mr. Martin said, he is expecting the event to be fully virtual without an audience. Visit www.irawma.com or
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