PHOTOS: Gine On Awards 2020 put Bajan creatives in the spotlight
Leadpipe was awarded Soca Artiste of the Year and Soca Song of the Year
Husband and wife team, Dempstu "DJ" Simmons and Keisha "Empress Zingha" Simmons successfully celebrated the wealth of creative talent in Barbados with the staging of the Gine On People's Choice Awards.
It was an awards ceremony with a difference at the Frank Collymore Hall and not even a few technical hiccups could detract from the phenomenal experience. The energy in the room radiated support and appreciation for the "craftsmen of our fate" from across a plethora of genres.
Throughout the evening both nominees and eventual winners were cheered on by the audience of their peers. The night was punctuated with many lighthearted moments, both on and off stage, which prompted bouts of laughter at times.
Gine On People's Choice Awards
Popular local band Mahalia and 2 Mile Hill walked away with a bevy of accolades. In addition to copping Event of the Year for Mahalia’s Corner they also won Best Open Mic of the Year, R & B Artiste of the Year and Reggae/ Dancehall Song of the Year for “Run It”.
R&B Song of The Year went to local acapella group G-Syndicate for their collaboration with & Buggy Nhakente on Good Lovin, while Nhakente walked away with Reggae Artist of The Year.
People’s Choice winners came from across a wide range of categories. Local television personality Cheyne Jones walked away with Favourite Social Media Personality of the Year while Motivational Speaker of The Year went to the dynamic Raphael Saul. The talented Adrian Green walked away with Poet of The Year while Lashawna Griffith won Writer of The Year. Versatile entertainer Leadpipe received awards for Soca Artiste of the Year as well as Soca Song of the Year while Mole copped Bashment Artist of The Year.
Walkes snagged Upcoming Artiste of the Year from among a group of seven of his peers. As he recounted the relentless support of his grandmother, who passed away last year, the room fell silent in the intimate moment. His love for her was palpable and as he teared up, many in the room did as well.
In addition to numerous video tributes interspersed throughout the ceremony, attendees were addressed by both DJ Simmons and Empress Zingha who spoke passionately about their uphill struggle in making the event a reality.
Minister of Creative Economy, John King,gave a brief address in which he pledged the support of his ministry in the development of the creative sector.
“The Ministry of Creative Economy and Sports, as long as I am in charge, will continue to do whatever we can to support the arts,” he reassured those in attendance.
Hostess for the night was Belle Holder who added to feel of the event with her engaging banter. The awards ceremony ended on a high note as patrons were escorted from the hall into the foyer by the talented Pompasetters Tuk Band, where they continued to mix and mingle and revel in the success of the inaugural occasion.