BARBADOS – A vibrant young female singer, who has been making waves on the Barbadian music scene, leads the nominees for the second annual Barbados Music Awards and it’s not Rihanna.
25-year old Kimberley Inniss leads the list of nominees this year, with 11 nominations as the official list was made public on Thursday, November 2.
A singer, songwriter and producer, Kimberley rose to prominence in Barbados two years ago after placing second in the Digicel ‘Rising Stars” search.
Inniss’ first full-length album “Come With Me” has been nominated for Album of the Year. She is also been nominated for “Female Entertainer of the Year,” “Entertainer of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.”
International recording artist Rihanna was also nominated for album of the year for her multi-platinum smash “A Girl Like Me.” The 18-year old grabbed nominations in 9 categories including the “Sing of the Year” for “Unfaithful” and Music Video of The year for the video to “S.O.S. (Rescue Me.)”
Krosfyah lead singer Edwin Yearwood leads the male nominees with five nominations and his band garnered another 3, including “Band of The Year.” His bandmate Khiomal Nurse scored a solo nomination for his “Welcome to De Band” and veterans Rupee and Alison Hinds both got multiple nominations.
Newcomer Hal Linton lead the pack for “Best New Artiste,” while he and 13 year old Hip Hop phenom J-Co also won two nominations for a collaboration “Life is Hard.”
This year’s Road March and Party Monarch winner Barry Chandler also scored three nominations.
A full list of the nominees for the January 5th 2007 show can be found at www.barbadosmusicawards.com