The Youth View Awards gave four top prizes to incarcerated murderer, Vybz Kartel, against a background of chants from the audience to “Free Worl’ Boss”.
His trophies included Favourite Male Local Artiste of The Year; Favourite Dancehall Artiste of the Year; Favourite Local Chart-topping Song and Hottest Summer Song. His sons, Little Addi and Little Vybz, picked up the awards for their dad at the National Indoor Sports Centre in front of a crowd that screamed ‘Free Werl Boss’, in reference to Vybz Kartel.
Kartel has a captive audience of youngsters who glorify his every lyric and this was demonstrated at the YVA’s, which was sponsored by the biggest corporate and media entities, including LIME and the Jamaica Observer.
Interestingly, on Monday, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, used this very same award as his basis for declaring that young people in the country are now glorifying lawlessness.
He noted that Kartel, a convicted murderer was the artiste on whom all the accolades were heaped.
Mr Thwaites, who made the comment at a church service at the Swallowfield Chapel in St. Andrew to mark the beginning of National Mathematics Week, said the youth needed to be re-educated on the core values and principles of society.
Chronixx came closest to Kartel with the numbner of awards and picked up three – Celebrity Role Model, Favourite Cultural Artiste of the Year and Favourite Musical Collaboration for the single,Who Knows, done with Protoje
Tifa was voted Female Fashion Icon of The Year and Young, Hot and Hype Female of the year.
Also receiving awards were Kranium, Stone Love sound system, Konshens, Ding Dong, Shady Squad, Spice, Mavado, Kalado, Entertainment Report, Kevin Downswell, Alkaline, Rvssian, Bambino, Miss Kitty, and RD Studios.
Kartel was sentenced to 35 years in prison last April for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.