Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The recently concluded Youth View Awards (YVAs), hosted at the National Indoor Sports Complex, left little to the imagination as it related to fashion. And where the award winners were concerned, there wasn't much difference from previous years.
The event started at 8:30 p.m., and after a carnival dance display, the organisers went straight into the proceedings, starting with the category of Best Cultural Artiste. The likes of Tarrus Riley and Damian Marley were nominated, however, it was I-Octane who walked away with the honour.
The award for favourite media personality went to the show's host, DJ Bambino. He got the better of Miss Kitty and Pepita, who had also been nominated in the category.
"When it comes to money, we are not in the price range of lawyers and doctors, but we save lives every day," Bambino said during his speech.
The first performance of the night came from reggae-dancehall artiste Cherine, who performed her single Haffi Come Back. The majority of her set was filled with dancing, largely because her microphone did not work well, and patrons could barely hear anything except for her TV track.
The Producer of the Year went to UIM Records, while DJ Nicholas copped the award for Best Gospel Artiste despite his absence from the local scene.
Reggae-ska-mento-dancehall artiste OMI then made his local debut performance, delivering his hit single Cheer Leader, backed by a marching band with cheerleaders. He also sang Standing On All Threes before making way for the next category to be announced.
The Favourite Male Dancer of the Year award went to Randy Rich, while his female counterpart Mystic took home the Favourite Female Dancer award.
"Give thanks to the Most High, and I will continue doing my best, and to the youth, bless," Mystic said.
The Favourite Local Artiste Male and Female awards went to Konshens and Tifa, respectively, the latter being selected over the likes of Spice and Lady Saw.
"Big up Lady Saw! A she a di mumma irrespective of everything, and I wish we all could just get along," Tifa said during her acceptance speech.
Konshens multiple winner
Konshens ousted top contenders Vybz Kartel and Tommy Lee Sparta.
The Favourite Collaboration award also went to Konshens for his Siddung single featuring Darrio. Also nominated in the category was I-Octane and Bounty Killer's Badmind Dem A Pree, Wayne Marshall's Go Hard and Vybz Kartel's Informer, featuring Tommy Lee Sparta.
The award for Male Artiste of the Year went to Vybz Kartel despite his incarceration. Amelia 'Milk' Sewell, who operates as Vybz Kartel's female protégé, 'The Girl Boss', accepted on his behalf. According to Sewell, the fact that the artiste won the award is testimony to the fact that he is still respected by the youth, which validates his relevance.
DJ Liquid walked away with the Selector of the Year award, while Coppershot copped Sound System of the Year.
Voicemail took the stage at 9:30 p.m., performing songs like Just Dance and Clap It Up. This was followed by the presentation of the Chart-topping Song of the Year award, which went to Tommy Lee Sparta for his Psycho single.
Bob marley remembered
The tribute for the night went to global reggae icon Bob Marley. The tribute was arguably the best performance for the night and was executed by One Third. The trio sang acoustic versions of Bob Marley singles like Is This love and High Tide or Low Tide.
Other awards on the night went to Tifa, who received the Female Fashion Icon title again, and Dexter Pottinger, who won for Male Fashion Icon. Jamaican athlete Warren Weir won the award for Breakout Celebrity of the Year, winning ahead of Potential Kidd and O.
The Favourite Summer Song award was presented to Popcaan, while the Favourite Music Video award went to RDX for Jump.
For Favourite Entertainment Show, it was the Intense team that ruled, while the Best Video Director award went to RD Studios. The Hot, Young and Hype Male and Female awards again went to Konshens and Tifa, respectively.
The Favourite Local International Artiste of the Year award went to Sean Paul, and the Celebrity Role Model award was a tie between I-Octane and sprint king Usain Bolt.
The event was well attended, and despite a few technical difficulties and the trend of repeat winners, the YVAs 2013 pulled off another successful staging.