After a brief change of venue from James Bond Beach, Ocho Rios to Sugarman Beach in Kingston due to flooding in Ocho Rios, the CUMA 2008 finally kicked off on the Saturday, April 26. Opening the show was the host Spragga Benz who not only won Best Male Artist but also stole the show as regards the best host and performer of the night. Spragga Benz showed his versatility by hosting, dj-ing, collaborating, toasting, you guess it, and he did it while keeping the audience in a vibrant mood.
Best Newcomer which went to Erupt. Erupt performed for 15 mins straight and when he ended his performance with ‘Click my Finger’, the audience was left screaming out for more. Then, came the award for Best Female artist handed to Cherine Anderson who has just recently collaborated with pop sensation Britney Spears. Cherine tore the stage as usual and linked up with CUMA host Spragga Benz for a collaborative performance which will go down in the CUMA’s books as one of the best performances.
Spragga announced the winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2008 and Best International Artist with the award going to the Doctor, Beenie Man. Beenie Man got on stage and said “The UMA’s is a well respected awards ceremony in the US, UK and other countries worldwide and he feels proud to be honored and happy the UMA’s has decided to launch in Jamaica and in the Caribbean as a whole”.
Beenie Man then went on to perform with 20 lingerie models for 15 minutes straight.
The award for Best Group was announced. This was an intense contest between Brick & Lace, Voicemail, Morgan Heritage and TOK. The winner of the award went to T.O.K who said “The Caribbean Urban Music Awards is the only transparent award ceremony of its kind with all categories being voted for by you the fans and the audience which gives it that credibility that everyone that wins definitely deserves it. So thank you to CUMA’s”.
Source: Daily Chat-Observer