In Summary

  • Vybz Kartel wins ‘artist of the decade’ at the Caribbean Music Awards.
  • Spice, Ding Dong and Masicka among others emerge winners.
  • The event was in celebration of the dedication and determination of Caribbean artists.

Incarcerated dancehall star, Vybz Kartel recently won the artist of the decade award at the Caribbean Music Awards.

Kartel’s music continues to penetrate prison walls with current happenings despite his more than a decade incarceration.

It was the first time the Caribbean Music Awards was taking place with honors featuring Reggae, Dancehall and Soca.

Reggae icon Beres Hammond and Soca’s Machel Montano got special recognition for their contribution and exceptional achievements.

The event went down at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, New York.

It was in celebration for the dedication and determination of Caribbean artists over the past year.

The artist of the year award was presented by Spice who affirmed her loyalty to friends and colleagues.

Spice at the Caribbean Music Awards Photo Courtesy


The biggest winner, Vybz Kartel was also grateful for his win.

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Through Instagram, Kartel thanked Spice while paying allegiance to his former godfather, Bounty Killer.

“Nuf Respect to C.M.A, Nuf love to #Gazanation & the Queen @spiceofficial without @1unogeneral None of this possible” wrote Kartel.

Fans Reactions

Kartel’s post received love and admiration from his fans and friends.

We sampled a few.

“Salute son the has been done it’s only right to give due credit congratulations” shot Bounty Killer.

“The Greatest!!” Fired Busta Rhymes alongside fire emojis.

The award comprised 26 categories and saw a host of Jamaican artists nominated in several categories.

According to the event’s host, Wyclef Jean, the event was to highlight and celebrate the impact of Caribbean music in the world.

Ding Dong at the Caribbean Music Awards


Other Big Winners

Spice – Female Artist Of The Year Award

Ding Dong- Dance Song Of The Year ‘Bounce’

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Masicka – Male Dancehall Artist Of The Year

Samora- Best New Reggae Artist

Popcaan feat. Toni- Ann Singh ‘Next To Me’ Video Of The Year Reggae/ Dancehall

Kes- People’s Choice Award (Fan Favorite)

Kabaka Pyramid – 2022 Impact Award(Reggae)



September 2, 2023

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