Alkaline beat out Vybz Kartel in three major categories at last night’s 2017 21st Hapilos Digital Music Awards
Vybz Kartel went home empty handed while his arch dancehall nemesis Alkaline picked up three trophies for Top Male Artist, Most Streamed Artist, and Most Downloaded Artist. There were some other big winners like Tommy Lee Sparta who got an award for People’s Choice Award — Artist, and Spice who won Top Female Artist. Konshens picked up an award for Top Dancehall Single and Most Downloaded Single for his single “Bruk Off Yuh Back.” While Foota Hype got an award for Social Media Icon.
Vybz Kartel received nominations in the categories of Top Collaboration and Top Vevo Video for “Loodi” with Shenseea. He also got nods for Most Streamed Artist and Top Male Artist. A rep for the Gaza camp told Dancehall HipHop that they are not really concerned about the Hapilos Awards calling it irrelevant. “Just another award show that no one really pays attention to,” sources told DHH. “There are categories where Addi should have won easily but a lot of these awards shows are bias and buyout and that is why the industry can’t move forward and can’t take them more seriously.”