NEW YORK, United States, Friday March 22, 2013 – A glittering array of dancehall and reggae stars converged in New York on Saturday for the 2013 Linkage Awards in Mount Vernon.
Seasoned Jamaican deejay Lady Saw made the night her own, taking home four new titles to add to the collection, topping the winners list and delivering a stunning live performance.
The enduring entertainer, born Marion Hall, copped the Female Artiste of the Year and Outstanding Female Artiste honours, and was also inducted into the Linkage Hall of Fame and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Hot on the Lady’s heels was Bunny Wailer with three honours. The reggae icon also earned a Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, as well as being chosen Reggae Ambassador of the Year.
Completing the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees were singers John Holt and Cocoa Tea and deejay Lady G.
Holt and Cocoa Tea, as well as fellow singers Luciano, Jimmy Riley and Spanner Banner were also presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Entertainer Of The Year award went to popular artiste Konshens, who also picked up the Most Consistent Recording Artiste Of The Year honour.
“Bruck It Down” by Mr Vegas walked away with Song Of The Year, while Christopher Martin scored as Singer Of The Year.
Khago got the nod for Most Improved Artiste Of The Year and was also one of the show’s featured performers, while Etana and Hezron took home the awards for female and male Culture Artiste Of The Year, respectively.
The full list of 2013 Linkage Awards winners follows:
Breakthrough Reggae Artiste of the Year: Nature
Breakthrough Gospel Artiste of the Year: Kukudoo
Most Consistent Recording Artiste of the Year: Konshens
Most Consistent Performer of the Year: Romain Virgo
Female Artiste Of The Year: Lady Saw
Male DJ Of The Year: Kiprich
Singer Of The Year: Christopher Martin
Singjay Of The Year: I-Octane
Song Of The Year: Bruck It Down - Mr. Vegas
Male Culture Artiste Of The Year: Hezron
Female Culture Artiste Of The Year: Etana
Most Improved Artiste of the Year: Khago
Entertainer of the Year: Konshens
Promoter Of The Year: Isaiah Laing – Sting
Selector Of The Year: Platinum Kid
NY Radio Personality Of The Year: Ragashanti - 93.5FM
Jamaica Radio Personality Of The Year: Barry G - Mello Radio
TV Personality of the Year: Suzie Q
Street Promoter of the Year: Stampede
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Duane Stephenson
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Tony Rebel
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Luciano
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Gramps Morgan
Outstanding Achievement in Music: Ninja Man
Outstanding Achievement in Radio: Ras Clem
Outstanding Female Artiste: Lady Saw
Most Consistent Personality on Linkage Radio: Lady D
DJ of the Year Linkage Radio: Gassie
DJ of the Year Touch FM Radio Showa Gela
DJ of the Year Road Block Radio Naturalist
DJ of the Year Parti FM Radio Short Mike
DJ of the Year Busy Radio Sheldon Money
DJ of the Year Royal Radio Supa Barry
Linkage Hall of Fame Inductees: Bunny Wailer, John Holt, Cocoa Tea, Lady Saw, Lady G
Lifetime Achievement: John Holt, Lady Saw, Cocoa Tea, Spanner Banner, Luciano, Jimmy Riley
Reggae Ambassador of the Year: Bunny Wailer
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