Liberian Music Awards: And The Nominees Are…!

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The most anticipated and well deserved Liberian Music Awards ceremony is about to go live this Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. In hopes of recognizing artists, musicians, DJs, producers, actors, actresses and those who have poured heart and soul into entertaining Liberians and international audiences; this will be a great turning point for Liberia’s entertainment history.

Worldwide Liberian performers have been called upon to register themselves as artists, which will enable them to show what has been reaped in the development of entertainment and showbiz.

Hoping to connect Liberian music with other genres of music such as Hip-Hop, pop- electro and so on, Kaifa KY Yamah's dream as one of Liberia’s media moguls is to stabilize and globalize our Liberian music, he stated on his website.

Among the nominees who have been selected by thorough evaluation of their work since Dec 2012 are several Liberian based artists including Shadow, D12, Killa Lu, Tan Tan, David Mel, Scientific, Pitty D'Best, Benny V and JD Donzo. All of od those named are also scheduled to perform live during the Awards ceremony.

“I’m going to perform during the awards, when I get there I will know how many songs I will be performing. I have a couple of new songs that I want to perform. I’ll be there until August 1st 2014 which is my deadline to be back. “Stated Donzo who has plans to connect with business opportunities while away.

Pitty D'Best and Benny V had a wonderful and exciting joint farewell party before their departure for the United States.

“LMA foundation booked me for two weeks, and I’ll be performing live. I promise you it’s going to be crazy, I’m going to perform and make the crowd go wild. I’ll be performing in 10 states afterwards, including New York, Minnesota, Philly, South Dakota, Maryland, DC, and a couple of others that I can’t remember. This is my first time ever traveling, I feel great and special. And I also wish LIB LIFE blessings for interviewing me.” Pitty stated.

Benny V, a star that has come up extremely in his career and a passion for music that can be heard in his tracks, says that he’s very much prepared to take another big step in his career.

“All my networks are set, so you can download my music and check out my stuff while I’m out there. I have a lot of energy tracks; I’m strictly Afro and will be performing “Call The Police”, “Activities”, and “Fatmata”. Beside the 10 state tours, we have Canada to set up, the UK which is pending (London) and Australia, which is also pending. Show biz is the LMA; other promoters in Canada are making preparations to engage us to have us in their own area because of it. When you’re hot they will start calling you."

Meanwhile, there are a lot of artists also being nominated who have reached out on facebook and other social websites to show their support to their fellow stars that are fortunate to make it to the awards.

“I wish my homies Benny V and Pitty D'Best a safe trip mehn, sorry guys I should have been on board with ya’ll but due to my 21 cities tour here in China along with Zheng starting June 20th, I can't mehn. Wish u guys all of the very Best.. Go kill it and show them how we do. Liberia international all day every day,” stated John Bricks.

Marvelous C, who has also been nominated positively looks at the whole award ceremony as a true blessing.

“I was nominated because my music goes with traditional music mixed with hip hop beats. I feel great about it, and I feel the industry is going from one stage to another. By being able to recognize my effort and contribution in the industry makes me want to work more, if I work more I’ll get to a bigger stage. I hope people voted for me, if I don’t win, whoever wins deserves it and they should keep it up.” He added.

 

Liberian Music Awards Full List of Nominees

 

Artist of the Year

JODI
KANVEE ADAMS
SCIENTIFIC
FATU GAYFLOR
BERNICE BLACKIE
SAGA AP
SUNDAYGAR
DAVID MELL
TAKUN J
TRU STORY

 

Song of the Year

JODI "NUMBER 1"
XPOLAY FT LIBERIAN ARTIST "POT BOILING REMIX"
DAVID MELL "COOL YOUR TEMPER"
QUUEN V "JUE YOU BAD"
LIL BISHOP FT JB, SCIENTICFIC, SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY "HUMAN BEING REMIX"
BENNY V "CALL THE POLICE"
SHAWDOW "TRICKAY PAPAYE"
BERNICE BLACKIE " UH NAH DO IT AGAIN"
EBEN FT GREG AND NARRATOR
"AZONTO & WINE MASTER"

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

MUNNAH
MUSULYN 'SWEETZ' MYERS
BUTTERFLY
M'PRESS 1LOVE
SNOTI
KANVEE GAINES ADAMS
QUEEN V
LOVE WEAH
ALICEA JONES

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

PITY D BEST
DSP
2SWITT
JON BRICKS
TAN TAN
JODI
YOKEE BLEEK
DAVID MELL
TAKUN J
SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY
MR. SMITH
RAWPEKIN

 

HIPCO ARTIST OF YEAR

LUCKAY BUCKAY
TAKUN J
SOUL FRESH
DYDDY COOL
YOUNG HOVER
BUTTERFLY
XPOLAY
RAW PEKIN
SCHOOL BOY WIZZY
CHILLER COOLANAE

 

HIPCO RAPPER OF THE YEAR

COLORFUL WIL
NOY Z
JON BRICKS
QUEEN V
J.D. DONZO
KILLER LU
MR. SMITH
LIL BISHOP
TRU STORY

 

R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DAVID MELL
JAWAY
PICADOR
BRYAN DOE
PETER COLE
MUNNAH
EFINXACE
SWEETZ
NATE K
PERFECT STRANGER

 

GBEMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY
KZEE
KING FACE
FRIDAY THE CELLPHONEMAN
KARNYEA MAN
MILK MAN
FORTUNE JR
CRAFTY K

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SHADOW
QUINCY B
ILL PHIL
SAMMIE LOVE
KARNYEA MAN
DEN G
M'PRESS 1LOVE
SWEETZ
PERFECT STRANGER
DSP
SCHOOL BOY WIZZY

 

COLLABORATION IF THE YEAR

TAN TAN FT DEN G – "ELEH ELEH"
BENJI CAVILLI FT BABY EYE
XPOLAY – POT BOILING REMIX
QUEEN V FT. TAN TAN & DEN G "JUE YOU BAD"
NATE K FT JODI " SENIOR PLAYER"
RAWPEKIN FT FEJ – "TROUBLEMAKER"
YOUNG HOVER FT POCHANO, PICADOR, JD DONZO AND LUCKAY BUCKAY – "DEY SAY DEY SAY"
LIL BESHOP – "HUMAN BEING" REMIX
MR. SMITH – "WHATS UP" FT. MARVELOUS MC, JD DONZO, TANT TAN, DJ CHIACAGO, TAKUN J, NASEEMAN, NOY Z, DAVID MELL
DAVID MELL – "COOL YAH TEMPER" FT. CHILLER COOLNANEE AND SHADOW

 

TRADITIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

NIMBA BURR
JUNIOR FREEMAN AND AFRICAN SOLIDER
TOKAY TOMAH
ETTA SMITH
MARIE NYENAB
MR. HENRIES IV
FATU GAYFLOR
WINSTON P KARR
G MAN
MARVELOUS MC

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

JOE B "SPEND MY LAST DIME"
MUNNAH "CELEBRATION"
JODI "NUMBER1"
2C "INTERNATIONAL GIRL"
M'PRESS 1LOVE FT KILLA LU "ONE MORE TIME"
EBEN FT GREG & NARRATOR "AZONTO & WINE"
POCHANAO – "PRODCUT OF FAILED STATE"
TAKUN J – "SONG FOR HAWA"
DSP – "PROMISE"
SHAWDOW "TRICKEY PAPYE"
BERNICE BLACKE – "U NA DO WEY"

 

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

PRINCE JOE
CHRIS MASSAQUOI JR (CHRISSIEBOY)
DAHAI GBAA
FAYA BONAH
GEE-BEE
POCHANO

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR AFRICA

DSP FT SHE-RAP – "PROMISE"
SHADOW – "TRICKY PAPAYE"
QUEEN V – "JUE PA YOU BAD"
YOKEE BLEEK – "MY BOO"
XPOLAY FT LIBERIAN STARS – "POT BOILING"
BERNCIE BLACKIE – "HIGHER"
DSP – "MONROVIA STYLE"
TAKUN J – "SONG FOR HAWA"
POCHANO – "PRODUCT OF FAILED STATE"
M'PRESS 1LOVE FT KULLA LU – "ONE MORE TIME"
TAN TAN FT DEN G – "ELEH ELEH"
BERNCIE BLACKIE FT PRINCE – " U NA DU WEY"

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

GLOURIOUS LAMPS
BIG
SOUL FRESH
CO STAR
M.O.R.
ITS ALL GOOD (IAG)
PARTY BOYS
STYLES CREW

 

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

GLORIOUS LAMPS
I VAN P
WILTA HARRIS
BERNICE BLACKIE
OLIVIA SEWARD
TONIA MAKOR PETERS
ABRAHAM GIBSON
EVEINETTE KAMARA
ALICEA JONES
KANVEE GAINES ADAMS

 

GOSPEL VIDEO OF THE YEAR

BERNICE BLACKIE – "U NA DO WEY"
BOB Q – "IT'S YOU LORD"
TONIA – "POUR ON ME"
BOB Q – "NEVER FORGET JESUS"
IVAN P – "LORD GOD ALMIGHTY"

 

AFRO DANCE SONG OF THE YEAR

ALFANI DOUKI – "SHEIKI SHOKOO ACT 1"
G RIZE – "FOREVER LUV"
STYLES CREW – "SHINE SHINE BABY"
EBEN – "AZONTO AND WINE MASTER"
ROYAL BUSTA PAIN – "DESPERATE CHICKS"
SAGA AP

 

HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

SCIENTIFIC
2C
2ND KINNG
LYRICAL WATSON
YUNG MUSE
CO.Z
BABY EYE
POCHANO
TAN TAN
KNERO

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

RAWLO
LIL VAN
JUST PRINCE
JD WALKER
BEAT MASTER
INFECTIOUS MICHAEL
BENNIE OX
SAMUEL MORGAN (SHADOW)

 

DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ NO (UK)
DJ BLACKEST 305
DJ SKY (NORWAY)
DJ REUD (UK)
DJ WALLACE (USA)
DJ CHICAGO (LIBERIA)
DJ CHIRPS (USA)

 

REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTIST

M'PRESS1LOVE
JAH ROK
A.B. SWARAY
SANTOS
J. YOUNKONDE
NASSEMAN

 

AFRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR

PITTY D BEST
BENJI CAVALI
SAGA AP
E BEN
ROYAL BUSTA PAIN
D12
BENNY V
JODI
KING FACE
G RIZE
S MAN
JOE B

 

LIBERIAN ARTIST IN THE USA

JODI
BENJI CAVILLI
G RIZE
TRU STORY
BLACQ CHILD
MUNNAH
JOE B
RICH GOONE
KNERO
2C
SAGA AP
YUNG MUSE
GLOURIOUS LAMPS

 

LIBERIAN ARTIST IN EURPOE/UK

J CHRIS
YOUNG RAP FUR
DAHAI
EBEN
ALICEA JONES
LYRICAL WATSON

 

LIBERIAN ARTIST IN AFRICA

SCIENTIFIC
SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY
DAVID MELL
TAKUN J
BERNICE BLACKIE
BRIGHT MAN
POCHANO
KANVEE ADAMS
QUEEN V

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR- USA

RICH GOONE THE BOSS – "STAY GRINDING"
JOE B – "SPEND MY LAST DIME"
G RIZE – "EVER HAD DREAM"
MUNNAH – "WEST AFRICA"
MUNAH- "CELEBRATION"
SAGA AP – "KOLOQUUA COUPLE LIBERIAN MUSIC"
2C- "INTERNATIONAL GIRL"
JODI – "NUMBER 1"
DOUK DE LIB
BENJI CAVILI FT BABY EYE
STYLES CREW – "SHINE SHINE BABY"

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR- UK
DAHAI FT BRAYEND -ESA CHICA

EBEN FT GREG & NARRATOR
DAHAI FT PRINCESSE JOSS KALIM
FT PAPA WEMBA " STRANGER"

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