Sunday, 5 February 2012

YOUTH VIEW AWARDS 2012: Tifa, Popcaan emerge big winners at star-studded event

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT: The TALLAWAH cover girl reigns supreme.

On a night when the nation’s youth acknowledged the hard work of their favourite stars in the past year, two of dancehall’s youngest heavy-hitters, dancehall sweetheart Tifa and high-riding newcomer Popcaan, stood out from the pack of contenders at Saturday’s Youth View Awards, each copping a fistful of trophies. Tifa, who covers this month’s TALLAWAH, bested the competition to take home five awards, including Female Artiste of the Year, Favourite Female Dancehall Artiste and the Young, Hot and Hype Female.

Popcaan, who closed the show with a rousing medley of hits, walked away with 3 trophies: Young, Hot and Hype Male, Chart-topping Song of the Year (“Ravin”) and Favourite Summer Song (“Ravin”). The 2012 Youth View Awards, hosted by Tami Chynn and Kruddy, had no shortage of highlights and saw crowd-pleasing performances by the likes of Wayne Marshall, Chris Martin and Tifa. The show unfolded inside its customary venue, the National Indoor Sports Centre, preceded by a red-carpet soiree and followed by an after-party that lasted into the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Here is the full list of winners:

* Celebrity Role Model – Shaggy
* Collaboration – Wayne Marshall, Tifa and Fambo (“Swaggin’)
* Entertainment Show – Intense
* Video Director – Jay Will
* Dance Group – Shady Squad
* Fashion Icon (Female) – Tifa
* Fashion Icon (Male) – Dexter Pottinger
* Dancehall Artiste (Female) – Tifa
* Dancehall Artiste (Male) – Vybz Kartel
* Breakout Celeb of the Year – Specialist
* Gospel Artiste – DJ Nicholas
* Summer Song – Popcaan (“Ravin”)
* Chart-topping song of the year – Popcaan (“Ravin”)
* Young, Hot & Hype Artiste of the Year (Male) – Popcaan
* Young, Hot & Hype Artiste of the Year Female) – Tifa
* Sound System – Coppershot
* Young, Hot & Hype Group of the Year – Voicemail
* Male Artiste of the Year – Vybz Kartel
* Female Artiste of the Year – Tifa
* Male Dancer – Ding Dong
* Female Dancer – Mystic
* Producer – Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor
* Cultural Artiste – I-Octane
* Media Personality – Pepita
* Favourite Selector – ZJ Bambino

WINNER TAKES ALL: Popcaan is the only man they want at the YVAs.

BORN TO WIN: Dancehall star Wayne Marshall displays his award for Best Collaboration for "Swaggin" on Saturday night.

HAT TRICK: Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley was spotted with a pretty young thing at the awards.

JUST THE TWO OF US: Lovebirds Chris Martin and Ce'Cile share a special moment inside the National Indoor Sports Centre at the YVAs. Love them!

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