The EME awards are set to be the premiere Jamaican music and entertainment awards for 2008.
Jamaica, January 22, 2008 – By popular demand the fourth installment of the Annual Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards, (EMEs) will for the first time be aired from outside the studios of Hot 102 FM. The venue for this year’s awards will be The Gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 81 Knutsford BLVB Kingston.
The brainchild of renowned radio personality Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess, the EME Awards emerged four years ago out of a need for an authentic, legitimate and grass roots based awards for Jamaican music and entertainment. Since its inception, the EMEs have increased in popularity and now has the full backing of the CVM Group. Its is based on this popularity that the awards have been moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the large following amassed over the years and will be broadcast on CVM TV.
This year the EMEs will be modelled off the famed Grammy Awards, with all the pomp and pageantry that is characteristic of such an award. Efforts are afoot to make 2008s EMEs the best award show ever staged on the shores of Jamaica.
The 2008 EMEs will recognise the achievements of the top performers from within the recording industry between October 01, 2006 and September 30, 2007. There are approximately 25 categories ranging from DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year. Winners are determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown which is presented on Hot 102 FM every Friday afternoon during the Hot Mix hosted by Richie B. This countdown is compiled from the contribution of sound system selectors, Night Clubs, record shops island wide and other radio DJs. This year’s awards will also be extra special, as there will be for the first time, several ‘honour’ awards presented to some stalwarts and stand-outs who have made a great contribution to the growth and development of the Jamaican music industry.
The prestigious EME Awards is designed to change the face of the local entertainment calendar and bring out the best of the entertainment market. There is heightened anticipation in the entertainment industry and players are clamouring for tickets to this all inclusive exclusive, by invitation only event.