COTT Award Winners.....

WINER BOYS: The Mighty Sparrow and Machel Montano dance backstage after receiving their respective awards for International Achievement and Songwriter of the Year at the 2008 COTT Music Awards at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, on Thursday evening. -Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

The tenth edition of the Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) Awards was held this past Thursday and the winners are:

Groovy Soca of the Year - "Chipping" - Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry and Margaret "Ginga" Alexis.

Rapso of the Year - "Never Give Up" - Wendell Manwarren, Roger Roberts, Stanton Kewley and Sheldon "$hel $hoc" Benjamin.

Parang Soca of the Year - "The Sweetest Christmas Lime" - Jason Seecharan and Richard "Charsu" Ahong.

Pop/Rock Song of the Year - "Fallen" - Alan Tiah, Allan Reece and Bobby Afzal Ramdeen.

R&B/Hip-Hop of the Year - "What I Want" - Rohan "Fireball" Richards and Richard "Charsu" Ahong.

Chutney Soca of the Year - "Bring It" - Lalchan "Hunter" Babwah.

Reggae/Dancehall of the Year - "Who Do You Want" - Troydon "Blazer" Cruickshank and Ray Roopnarine.

New Female Songwriter of the Year - Augusta Louis

New Male Songwriter of the Year - Dwain Antrobus

Soca of the Year - "Get On" - Fayann Lyons.

Pioneer of the Year - Timothy "Baron" Watkins

International Achievement Award - Slinger "Sparrow" Francisco

The night's big surprise was a special performance by British reggae artiste Maxi Priest, who performed alongside Shurwayne Winchester and his new band YOU. Also performing were Destra, Baron, Jadee, Mungal Patasar who opened the show and Nadia Batson.

In his feature address, COTT president Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba said the COTT Awards gala had outgrown Queen's Hall and must now search for a new venue that could accommodate its entire membership.

At the awards, Montano hinted at a name change for his HD band, which may soon be known as the Caribbean Planet. It was also revealed that Fireball's "What I Want" is currently the number one most downloaded song in the world.

Click here for the entire article in the T&T Express.

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