IRAWMA 2021 : Sarkodie, DJ Switch, Kwame Yeboah and Shatta Wale among award winners

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Winners of the 2021 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) were announced on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

This year’s edition which happens to be the 39th IRAWMA saw some Ghanaian artists being named among winners on the night. The acts include Sarkodie, Shatta, DJ Switch, and Kwame Yeboah.

Sarkodie picked up the ‘Best Virtual Showcase/Concert of The Year’ with his BlackLove Concert. Shatta Wale won the ‘Virtual Entertainer of The Year’ award ahead of Beenie Man, Buju Banton, and other top reggae stars.

Young disc jockey, DJ Switch, also bagged the ‘Best Young Entertainer of The Year’ while Kwame Yeboah emerged as the ‘Instrumentalist of The Year’.

See full list of nominees and winners below.

1.Emperor of Reggae & World Music – Hon. Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year

Buju Banton *WINNER




Sizzla Kolongi

Peter Tosh Award for Recording Artist of the Year – Sponsored by IRIE FM
Buju Banton




Tarrus Riley

Jacob Miller Award for Best Male Vocalist – Sponsored by

Gramps Morgan


Romain Virgo

Tarrus Riley *WINNER

Best Female Vocalist – Sponsored by Missyquai Signature Hair

Koffee *WINNER

Lila Ike


Noami Cowan

Gregory Isaacs for Best Song – Sponsored by DSE (Downsound Entertainment)
“Blessed”- Buju Banton

“People LIke You” – Gramps Morgan

“Lock Down”- Koffee *WINNER

“Like Royalty”- Protoje & PopCaan

“Lighter” – Taurus Riley & Shenseea & Rvssian

Toots Hibbert Award for Best Album/CD – By MCGES (Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sports)
“Upside Down- Buju Banton *WINNER

“In Search of Lost Time”- Protoje

“Higher Place”- Skip Marley

“One World” – The Wailers, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy and Cedella Marley.

“Hot Shot 2020”- Shaggy

Best Crossover Song
“People Like You” – Gramps Morgan

“Don’t Walk Away”- John Legend, featuring Koffee

”Party Next Door” – PopCaan, featuring Drake *WINNER

“I Don’t Know Why” – Rvissian, featuring Shenseea, Swae Lee and Young Tug

”Slow Down”- Ship Marley and “H.E.R.”

Best Gospel Song
“Forgiveness”- Eddie Neblett

“People Like You” – Gramps Morgan *WINNER

”Carry Me” – Kevin Downswell

“Watch Over Me” – Jermaine Edwards

“I’m Gonna Trust You” – Judith Gayle

U-Roy Award for Best Male Dancehall Artist
Beenie Man

Buju Banton

Bounty Killer



Best Female Dancehall Artist

Jada Kingdom



Stefflon Don

Best New Entertainer – Sponsored by IRIE JAM – 360
Alicia Harley – Jamaica

Nailah Blackman- Trinidad

Nomcebo Zikode – South Africa *WINNER


Sevena – Jamaica

Skillibeng – Jamaica

Best Virtual Entertainer of the Year
Agent Sasco

Beenie Man & Bounty Killer – Verzuz

Buju Banton


Shatta Wale *WINNER

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer
Farmer Nappy


Nadia Batson

Nailah Blackman

Patrice Roberts

Best Dancehall Stagecraft Entertainer – Sponsored by Onstage TV Winford Williams
Agent Sasco

Beenie Man & Bounty Killer- Verzuz Battle

Buju Banton

Desta Daps

Sizzla Kalonji


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Best Latin – Reggae Flavor Entertainer
Bad Bunny – Puerto Rico

Daddy Yankee *WINNER

Don Omar


Best African Dancehall Entertainer
Buffalo Souljah – South Africa

Shatta Wale – Ghana

Stonebwoy – Ghana

Patoranking – Nigeria

Winky D – Zimbabwe *WINNER

Best Afrobeat Entertainer – Sponsored by African Spectrum
Burna Boy – Nigeria

Davido – Nigeria

Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania

Master KG, featuring Nomcebo Zikode “Jerusalema” – South Africa

Wizkid – Nigeria

18 . Best Virtual Showcase/Concert

Beenie Man vs Bounty Verzuz Battle

Rebel Salute

Reggae Sumfest

Sarkodie – Black Love Virtual Concert *WINNER

Best R&B/Hip Hop & Reggae Collaborated Song
“Trust” – Buju Banton and Tory Lanez

”Slow Down”- Skip Marley and H.E.R

”Twist” – Drake & Popcaan *WINNER

“Don’t Walk Away”- Koffee – featuring John Legend

“Love Mi Ladies“ – Oryane – featuring Sean Paul

Best Reggae Rock Entertainer
Gentleman *WINNER

Rebelution Band


Slightly Stoopid

Stick Figure

Best Young Entertainer (18 years and under) – Portland Curry Fest
DJ Switch * WINNER

DJ Whitney


Wayne J.

Best Music Video
Buju Banton “Blessed”

Master KG, featuring Nomcebo- “Jerusalema” *WINNER

Sevana – “ Mango”

Taurus Riley & Shenseea “Lighter”

Sean Paul- “Love Me Ladies”

The Wailers, featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy and Cedella Marley- “One World”

Mutabaruka Award for Best Poet/Spoken Word Entertainer
Antonia Valaire, Aka Christina Williams

Malachi Smith

Richie Innocent

Vachi Kepwe Di Poet – Zimbabwe * WINNER

Wise Wurdz

Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer
Anthony B.


Ras Takura * WINNER


Kabaka Pyramid

Dennis Brown Award for Most Promising Entertainer

Lila Ike

Orisha Sound

Sevana *WINNER


Best Instrumentalist – Sponsored by 25th Century Radio
Dean Fraser


Bongo Herman

Kwame Yeboah *WINNER

Sly & Robbie


Best Sound System/DJ
Dynamq – Africa *WINNER

Little Thunder – Canada

Pink Panther – Jamaica

Tony Matterhorn – Jamaica

Best Caribbean Entertainer – Sponsored by VP Records
Beenie Man

Bounty Killer

Buju Banton


Sean Paul

Record Producer of the Year – Sponsored by Balloons by Jaki Jade
Chimney Records *WINNER

Dane Ray

Andron “IzyBeats” Cross



Comedian of the Year
Chris “Johnny” Daley *WINNER

Ity & Fancy Cat

Majah Hype

Oliver Samuels

Prince Pine

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award Nominees
Bounty Killer

Buju Banton *WINNER

Sharon Wiles

Sonia Patterson- Portland Curry Fest.

IRAWMA Award of Honor: Papa Michigan

IRAWMA Special Philanthropist Award: Josef Bogdanovich

RAWMA 2021 Inductee IRAWMA Hall of Fame/ Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: Ziggy Marley.

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