The Barbados Music Awards

The Barbados Music Awards (BMAs) were held on Sunday at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Wildey, St. Michael. Among the winners were Rihanna, who won awards for Entertainer of the Decade and Song of the Decade (“Umbrella”); Krosfyah for Group of the Decade and Group of the Year; Lil Rick as Entertainer of the Decade; Edwin Yearwood as Male Entertainer of the Year and Best Soca Up-Tempo Single (for “In De Middle A De Road”); Queen of Soca Alison Hinds as Female Entertainer of the Year; TC as Soca Artist of the Year; Buggy as Reggae Artist of the Year; Kellie CaDogan as Jazz Artist of the Year; and Ruby Tech as Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year. Calypsonian RPB won Single of the Year and Soca Mid-Tempo Single with “Something’s Happening” and Best Social Commentary with “Home Drums.”

 Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson was interviewed by radio announcer Alex Jordan on air at SLAM 101.1 FM’s official launch from its new radio station in Haggatt Hall, St Michael. Minister Thompson raved about the BMAs. He said that “that show was so great last night that I suspect it left me with energy for this morning,” and emphasized that “it is really unbelievable the musical talent we have had here [in Barbados]. . . My happiness for their success is more as a Barbadian than a Prime Minister.”

When the interview ended, the Prime Minister congratulated the station on its launch, gave his St. John constituents a “shout out” and requested Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove.”

For full list of BMA winners, photos, and press releases, see http://www.bajanfuhlife.com/musicawards/

For article on PM Prime Minister Thompson, see http://www.nationnews.com/news/local/Thompson-on-BMA-s-FRONT-PAGE-OTHER

In photos: Edwin Yearwood and Alison Hinds

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