THE second annual Clarendon Music Awards is scheduled for May Pen Court House car park on Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm.
The awards function is being held under the auspices of the Custos of Clarendon William Shagoury and is endorsed by the Clarendon Parish Development Committee.
Over 25 categories will be up for awards, including Clarendon Artiste of the Year, Clarendon Producer of the Year, Clarendon Best New Artiste of the Year, and Clarendon Gospel Artiste of the Year.
Dancehall artiste I Octane has a total of six nominations, including Clarendon Artiste of the Year, and Clarendon Most Influential Artiste.
Deejay Kashu, formerly known as Kashu Man, has three nominations: Clarendon Best Performer of the Year, Clarendon Best Reggae Artiste and Clarendon Recording Artiste of the Year.
Veteran reggae star Cocoa Tea and hardcore dancehall artiste Merciless have also been nominated for awards.
David Anderson, promoter of the awards, said he created the event because of his love and respect for parish and the talented artistes and musicians who have emerged over the years.
"When I looked at the proud history my parish has as being one of the breeding grounds for good Jamaican talent, I decided to create an event that would celebrate and honour the artistes and other players on the Clarendon entertainment scene. This parish is truly blessed with talent; it has given the world the likes of reggae legend Toots Hibbert, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, the Blues Busters, Denroy Morgan, Barrington Levy, and many others. It's really an amazing place and I really love my parish. I feel truly blessed to be a Clarendonian," said Anderson.
The stage show at 10:30 pm will feature performances from a host of artistes, including I Octane, Derrick Morgan, The Clarendonians, The Maytones, Silver Cat, Merciless, Kashu, Pinchers, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and Richie Loops.