The red carpet is rolled out and the stage is set for this weekend’s Barbados Music Awards.
Set to take place on Sunday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, the tenth annual event will feature American powerhouse singer Shirley Murdock and actor Boris Kodjoe who will co-host with Kirk Brown.
Murdock arrived in the island last night while Kodjoe touched down today.
Barbados TODAY caught up with the show’s producer Ronnie Morris who assured that all systems were go.
“Everything is set. The decor is being set as we speak and we are expecting a very large audience,” he said.
Murdock, who is the headline act for the show, said she was very excited to be in Barbados and could not wait to perform for Barbadians.
“I’m really excited to be here. This is a big event for Barbados and I just feel really honoured to have the opportunity to be here. I hear I have a lot of fans here. I’m really excited to sing for the fans,” she said.
Murdock is best know for her hits And I am Telling You, Husband, and As We Lay.
Kodjoe is also eagerly looking forward to the BMAs.
The American actor, who has been dubbed The Sexiest Actor Alive by Glamour magazine’s January 2015 issue, told fans they could expect a good time.
“You can expect a lot of dancing and singing. I’ve been a big fan of Caribbean music for a long time so to be a part of an event where the music is celebrated is a great experience for me. Anytime I get the opportunity to come to Barbados I have to take advantage of it. Since you guys invited me I had to accept and it’s a great honour and privilege,” he added.
The who’s who of the entertainment industry are expected to be in attendance to see who among the nominees will go home with awards.
Peter Coppin and Monstapiece are expected to receive a lifetime achievement award.
The awards begin at 8 p.m.
Below is a full list Of The nominees:
Pop/Rock Artist Of The Year
Jazz Artist Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Caribbean Hott Party – CRS Music And Media & Redd Head Records
All Inclusive – Lil Rick & Platta Recording Studio
Daddy God – Shane Forrester
Meh Rum – Super Lynks & Gorg Drinks
Chronicles Of A Soca Junkie – Mistah Dale
Best New Artist
Shane Fresh Greaves
Shaquille Shaq Layne
Rap / Hip-Hop Artist Of The Year
Reggae Artist Of The Year
Gospel Artist Of The Year
Producer Of The Year
Slam City (Chris Allman & Antonio “Young D” Johnson)
De Red Boyz
Studio B (Darien Bailey, Kevin “Daddy Bubbles” Marshall & Hector Cesar)
King Bubba & Platta Studios
Peter Coppin & Monstapiece
Songwriter Of The Year
Lead Pipe & Saddis
Jason Shaft Bishop
Studio Engineer Of The Year
Soca/Calypso Artist Of The Year
Porgie & Murda
Male Entertainer Of The Year
Ian “iWeb” Webster
Female Entertainer Of The Year
Soul/R&B Artist Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Biggie Irie – Pankatang
Sanctuary – Mega Monday
Imani – Bacchanal Road
Leadpipe and Saddis – Ah Feeling
Gorg – My Rum
BMA Band/Group of All Time
Spice & Company
Solo Artist/Musician of All Time (Male)
The Mighty Gabby
Red Plastic Bag
Charles D. Lewis
Solo Artist/Musician of All Time (Female)
Terencia “TC” Coward
Band/Group/Duo Of The Year
Porgie & Murda
Music Industry Contribution Awards
Barbados Tourism Authority
Caribbean Media Corporation
McEnearney Quality Inc.
BMA Media Excellence Award – Arturo Valentino
BMA Breakthrough Award – Female- Shanta Prince
BMA Breakthrough Award – Male- Mistah Dale
BMA Dedication Award – Male- Biggie Irie (Sponsored & Presented by Miss Single & Progressive 2014)
BMA Dedication Award – Female- Terencia “TC” Coward (Sponsored & Presented by Miss Single & Progressive 2014)
BMA Award of Excellence – Crystal Cummins- Beckles
BMA Award of Merit – The late Roy Byer
BMA Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Coppin & Monstapiece
Barbados Music Fashion & Film Awards’ Fashion Honourees
GADAL Model Management Inc.
Barbados Music Fashion & Film Awards’ Film Award – Film Of The Year – Two Smart