Soca legends Machel Montano and Austin “Super Blue” Lyons have been crowned Road March Monarchs 2018.
Machel and Super Blue 2018 collaboration Soca Kingdom was played a total of 336 times at official Carnival judging points across T&T- more then twice as much as nearest competitor Neil “Iwer” George.
Iwer George’s Savannah was played a total of 140 times while Patrice Roberts’ Sweet For Days came in third with 112 plays. The competition was, however, the closest it has been in years when winners succeeded by much larger margins.
It also created history for Lyons, as he is now tied with legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwin Roberts), who won the competition a record 10 times before he died in 2000.
Lyons’ last win came in 2013 with Fantastic Friday, when he briefly put a damper on Montano’s recent dominance in the competition. Lyons tied with George in 2000 and won the title in 1995 and back to back titles between 1991 and 1993. His other titles came in 1980, 1981 and 1983, while his sobriquet was still “Blue Boy.
Montano can still overtake both veterans, as this year’s victory took his tally to nine. He won the competition three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 and also in 2011 and 2012. In 2006, he won the title with Patrice Roberts for their collaboration Band of the Year and then by himself the following year with Jumbie. Montano’s first title came in 1997 with Big Truck.
Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Music Artist Guyanese Connection.
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Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988 to a Barbadian/Irish father (Ronald Fenty) and a Guyanese mother (Monica Braithwaite) in the Parish of St. Michael, Barbados.
Rihanna has sold over 25 million albums, over 100 million digital singles worldwide and has had number-one singles in 35 countries.
She is the highest-selling digital artist in US history, sold over 47,571,000 singles as of 2012. She has achieved eleven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the youngest solo artist to achieve that feat. Rihanna has sold 7.3 million albums in the United States.
Rihanna won 8 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 2 BRIT Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, 5 BET Awards, 3 BET Hip Hop Awards and 4 Soul Train Awards.
She's become the youngest solo artist to score 14 no. 1 singles on the billboard hot 100—the fastest to do so—she’s sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million tracks worldwide.
With over 81 million Facebook fans, 82 million Twitter & 57 million Instagram followers, Rihanna is putting her influence to good use via philanthropic efforts. Chief among these is her own Clara Lionel Foundation. Established in 2012 and named after Rihanna’s beloved grandparents Clara & Lionel Braithwaite, the foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts & culture.
Aretha Franklin …. The Queen Of Soul
Nicki Minaj Most Globally Visible Female Rapper Of All Time, Speaks About Her Trinidadian and Island Culture.
I love island culture. I love being an island girl. I wear that so proudly. I love being able to say, I’m not American, I’m Trini. I think it gives me so much more depth. I’m able to connect with people who aren’t just Americans, but so many West Indian people no matter where they come from can identify with me just off the strength that they know we have something in common.
Reggae music has inspired me so much. When I left Trinidad, I was young, so I didn’t grow up on calypso per se. But I love all the big Trini acts. Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, and Fay-Ann—they do such a great job representing my country. But when I came to New York, reggae was a big part of life in New York. That was the time when—and I still think Beenie Man is the king of dancehall—you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing Beenie Man a million times. And Buju Banton. These amazing reggae artists influenced me more than I think people realize. It’s always there on the album—I always at one point on an album have to represent for my island people.
Nicki Minaj (born Onika Tanya Maraj, December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York, Minaj earned public attention after releasing three mixtapes between 2007–2009. She has released three albums Pink Friday (2010), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) and The Pink Print (2014) earning her millions.
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley wins the 2018 Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
Junior Gong won the prestigious award for his album "Stony Hill" at the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony held at the Madison Square Gardens in New York City on January 28, 2018. It was his third Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
Other nominees in the category for Best Reggae Album were Chronology by Chronixx, Avakedabra by Morgan Heritage, Lost in Paradise by Common Kings and Wash House Ting by J Boog.
Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At age 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found commercial success and acclaim after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".
She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In 2015, she paid tribute to singer/songwriter and honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.
Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.
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