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Prominent Jamaicans honoured at ASCAP Awards

AWARDED: Richie Stephens

ACCLAIMED JAMAICAN singer Richie Stephens, picked up two honours for 'Song of the Year' and 'Top Digital Song' at the ASCAP Music Awards on October 16, 2017 at One Marylebone in London, England.

The awards were presented to Stephens for his 1998 'Sail Away' (Riddim) which was sampled in Rihanna and Drake’s international hit, 'Work.'

Stephens was not the only Jamaican honored as Steven 'Lenky' Marsden was awarded for the writing of 'Luv' by Tory Lanez and 'Let Me Love You' by DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber.


PICTURED: Stephen 'Lenky' Marsden

Speaking on the honour, Stephens said: "I am over the moon. I am so blessed to receive two international awards in the USA; and now to be honoured in England is a major accomplishment at this time in my career."

"I share this award with my fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band," he said.

2017 has been quite the year for the singer, who kicked off the summer in Brooklyn, New York, where he launched his Steely and Clevie- produced album titled Luv-A-Dub Style. The album, which is distributed by VP Records, contains songs like Feel Good All Over; All Night Long, featuring U Brown; Love Her Up, with Sister Nancy; Come Back To Bed and Rain From The Sky.

The singer was also one of the top performers at the newly branded Reggae Sumfest, which drew record crowds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

Other ASCAP Awards London 2017 winners include:

ASCAP Vanguard Award – Dua Lipa
ASCAP Vanguard Award – The Amazons
ASCAP Founders Award – Steve Mac
ASCAP Song of the Year – Richie Stephens (Work by Rihanna Feat. Drake)
ASCAP Top Digital Song – Richie Stephens (Work by Rihanna Feat. Drake)
ASCAP Top EDM Song – MNEK (Never Forget You by Zara Larsson & MNEK)
ASCAP Film Score of the Year – Joby Talbot (Sing)

The full list of recipients is available at the ASCAP website.

Watch a clip from the ASCAP Awards below:

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