Vybz Kartel, who has been incarcerated since 2011, received 7 nominations, while Alkaline nabbed the most nominations with 10.
Alakline, who is currently in music news for his lyrical feud with Popcaan, had his nominations spread across 9 categories, also receiving 2 nominations for Favourite Music Collaboration. His song with Mavado was one of them while “That Love” with Shaggy was the other.
Vybz Kartel and Alkaline are nominated for arguably the 2 most coveted awards, Favourite Local Chart Topping Song of the Year and Favourite Dancehall artist, as are Popcaan and Spice.
Popcaan and Spice both received 6 nominations while Konshens nabbed 5.
Dancer turned artist Ding Dong got 4 nominations as did new artiste Shenseea.
Mavado and Ishawna both picked 3.
The YVA’s, now celebrationg its 10 year anniversary, will be held on February 18 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica.