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Nas, Damian Marley and many more attended the International Reggae and World Music Awards where Damian Marley took home six awards.
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Posted by Dave
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5/8/2006 5:27:27 AM

Tags and topics realted to this article include Nas and Damian Marley. Hip Hop, Rap, Support, Awards and Events.

Rap superstar Nas, joined Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on his road to Zion, as the youngest son of music icon and legend Bob Marley collected an unparalleled six awards at the 25th (May 8, 2006) International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), on Saturday May 6, 2006 at the World Famous Apollo Theatre announced Chicago based event producers Martin’s Inter-Culture Ltd. and associates today.

Hosted by actor LEON (Waiting To Exhale, The Five Heartbeats, The Temptations), the well organized, event was a resounding success. Luminaries and dignitaries graced the red carpet as media and fans celebrated this anticipated event. America’s Next Top Model finalist Camille McDonald caused a sensation in her role as one the presenters.

Damian Marley reached sensational heights with the album “Welcome To Jamrock” (Tuff Gong/Universal), which features Nas, Bobby Brown, and Black Thoughts (the Roots). Marley’s 25th IRAWMA 2006 awards, included his father’s namesake “Bob Marley Award For Entertainer of the Year”, as well as “Recording Artist of the Year”, “Best Song”, “Best Album”, “Best Music Video”, and “Songwriter of the Year” which he shared with his brother Stephen Marley. “Best Male Vocalist” went to imprisoned but immensely popular Jah Cure, “Best Female Artist” went to the legendary, former I-Threes backing vocalist, Marcia Griffiths dubbed the “Queen of Reggae” by her peers. Sean Paul, who had received multiple IRAWMA awards two years ago, collected the “Best Crossover Song” with the chart topping “We Be Burning”.

Beenie Man who was unable to perform due to a scheduling conflict with Virgin records won “Best Male DJ/Rapper”, his female counterpart Macka Diamond took home the “Best Female DJ/Rapper”. Notable awards went to Wyclef Jean “Community Service Award”, Youssou N' Dour, for “Best African Entertainer”, Matisyahu for “Best New Entertainer” and Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte who along with U2’s Bono received the “Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award”. For a complete list of the 25th IRAWMA 2006 visit:

The IRAWMA annually honors the very best in Reggae and World Beat Music with the staging of this popular event. Over one hundred and fifty entertainers and music industry professionals were nominated and selected for special awards by music industry experts from around the globe. Visit the IRAWMA website: for a full list of nominees, special awards, IRAWMA Hall of Fame recipients and sponsorship information.

Event sponsors included: Air Jamaica, Coco Cola, Radio One, Gleaner/Star-NA, MoneyGram, Linkup Media, Caribbean Life Magazine, Hoy Newspaper, CVM Television, NY Liberty Star Newspaper, The Crossover Radio, IrieJam Media, Talk with Marie-93.5 FM, DJ Steve’s Tax Services Inc., Dennis Shipping, WPSC FM, CME-WLIB, Sam’s Caribbean Market Place, R5 Radio and WhereItzat Magazine, among others.

25th International Reggae and World Music Awards 2006 Categories/Winners

Bob Marley Award For Entertainer of the Year
Damian Marley

Recording Artist(s) / Group of the Year
Damian Marley

Best Male Vocalist
Jah Cure

Best Female Vocalist
Marcia Griffiths

Best Song
"Welcome to Jamrock"-Damian Marley

Best Album/CD
"Welcome to Jamrock"-Damian Marley

Best Crossover Song
"We Be Burning"-Sean Paul

Best Gospel - Oriented Song
"Real & Personal" -Papa San

Best Male D.J./Rapper
Beenie Man

Best Female D.J./Rapper
Macka Diamond

Best New Entertainer

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer
Machel Montano

Best Reg

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