Gyptian picked up two African Entertainment Awards at the Cicely Tyson Theatre in East Orange, New Jersey recently.
The dancehall singer has been missing on the scene in Jamaica but he has been doing very well in the motherland. He was nominated for three awards at the 3rd annual African Entertainment Awards held in New Jersey this week. He won in the category Award of Achievement where other local acts such as Spice and Mr. Vegas received nominations.
Gyptian also won an award for Best Caribbean Artiste where he edged out artists like soca star Machel Montana. He missed out on the award for Best Dancehall artist which was picked up by Shotta Wale. Dancehall and Afro beats has been on the rise in recent years and even making its way into mainstream music which gives life to awards shows like the African Entertainment Awards (AEA) in the U.S. The AEA has been growing in popularity since its inception in 2014.
Gyptian also performed his new single “Closer” and “Leave You Alone” at the African Entertainment Awards. “I knew about the performance, but didn’t know about the honor,” the “Hold Yuh” singer said. “It was a real surprise and one that I am humbled to receive. Thank you to the organizers of the AEA Awards, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and all of my fans. This is much appreciated!”