A night filled with glitz, glam, humor and high-energy performances saw the honoring of some of the best musicians and artists throughout the country.
This year’s 2019 Elevation Awards, hosted by comedian Naughty, took the production of live shows in The Bahamas to another level.
The British Colonial Hilton’s Grand Ballroom was transformed to create an atmosphere of simplistic elegance.
The dress code for the night, described by the organizers as “BET chic”, brought out beautiful gowns, tailor made suits and a lot of sparkles.
It’s safe to say that the hundreds of attendees were dressed to the nines.
The evening opened with a red carpet experience hosted by Apryl Sands, Cardel McClam, Jerchovia Moxey and Shafayne Allen, giving the hosts and attendees a chance to fawn over the looks of the night.
Simultaneously, the first awards were announced during the pre-show hosted by DJ Epic Forealz.
Among those winners were Oslien Jadorte and GOM Worship, who received Gospel Song of the Year for their song “Kingdom Come Medley”.
Scharad Lightbourne received the award for Photographer of the Year, while his sister and media personality Sasha Lightbourne took home the award for TV Series of the Year for her show “Happy Foods 242”.
Blog of the Year was awarded to “Microphones and Miniskirts” by renowned blogger and social media influencer Ianthia Ferguson.
“Guava Duff” by Duet Studios received the award for Short Film of the Year and Jay Shephard received the Bahamian International Artist of the Year Award.
There were dozens of amazing nominees in 22 categories, but only a few could take home the top prizes.
The Visual Artist of the Year went to Minolta Butler; the Vlog of the Year went to Das Quay; and comedian Sawyerboy won Entertainer of the Year.
The Female Artist of the Year went to Wendi; the Male Artist of the Year went to MDeez; the Hip-Hop Artist of the Year went to Ton Ash; the Gospel Artist of the Year went to Eman; and the New Artist of the Year was won by Katya.
Johnny B won Gospel Music Video of the Year for the song “Where Did Everybody Go”.
Patrice Murrell won Contemporary Song of the Year for her song “Feeling Good”.
Foots ft. Sleepy Lexx won Hip-Hop Song of the Year for their single “JETSKI”.
And Trinidadian-born Shal Marshall won Caribbean Song of the Year for “Splinters.”
Fan favorite Rashad “Shaddy Einstein” McPhee took home Music Producer of the Year, and Kyle Ferguson of “Jiggy Productions” took home Video Producer of the Year.
TV Talk Show of the Year went to Eyewitness News’ Beyond the Headlines and Radio Talk Show of the Year went to controversial on-air personality Rodney Moncur for Freedom March.
A special recognition was given to musician and producer Victor Johnson, who received this year’s Trailblazer Award.
The major highlight of the evening was a tribute to the Lifetime Achievement recipient Ira Storr by former MP Leslie Miller, who offered encouraging words about the past and future of Bahamian music and the need to support Bahamian artists first.
This was followed by a stellar performance by Osano Neely, who effortlessly sung a medley of Storr’s notable hits.
While the majority attended the show to find out if one of their favorites came out on top with the win, the performances certainly did not disappoint.
Julien Believe opened the awards show with his hit single “Down on Bay”, followed by a hip-hop mash up featuring Big Homie Ferb, Shabazz the Great featuring Militant Fyah, Johnny B and Eman.
But the collaborations didn’t stop there.
Fanshawn and Charisa teamed up for a powerful rendition of the Essence Jazz Band’s lead singer’s latest song “Get Gone”.
Ton Ash, Bodine and Chase Fernander delivered the energy with their performance of “Money and Iyi Remix”.
A female artist mash up with Leo, Maleah Gabrielle and Ilsha showed the crowd that girls really do run the world.
Other highlights of the night included a historic and nostalgic 10-year reunion performance of the hit song “Pick Me” with Sammi Starr, Sketch and CJ Priest.
Dyson Knight performed a medley of his songs “Just Vibes” and “I Can Do It”, and no one could forget the moment gospel artists Latisha Sweeting and A’Leithia Sweeting took the crowd to church with a praise and worship that brought everyone to their feet.
The Elevation Awards is an awards show established by Elevation Media Group to celebrate the accomplishments of Bahamians in music, acting, sports, community building and other fields of entertainment over the course of that year.
The primary goal of the awards is to assist in the development of the entertainment industry in The Bahamas.
CEO of the Elevation Media Group Vincent McDonald Jr. said, “On behalf of myself and the Elevation Awards team we want to congratulate all of the winners and nominees for a job well done and we hope to see all of our guests once again in 2020.”
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications