Vybz Kartel fans have vowed to boycott this year’s staging of the Your View Awards.
The newly rebranded YVA’s, which was formerly known as the “Youth View Awards” is scheduled to take place on February 24 without the support of the Gaza Nation.
Supporters of the incarcerated Dancehall superstar shared their decision recently after the ‘Fever’ deejay was snubbed from the nomination list.
Dancehall heavyweight Alkaline was an overwhelming favourite as he was nominated in 7 different categories while his closest rival is female deejay Spice who copped 6 nominations for her efforts.
The two leading superstars are followed next by Dancehall superstars Aidonia and Popcaan, who both nabbed 4 nominations respectively, including the much coveted “Favourite Dancehall Artiste” category.
However one notable and controversial omission that fans did manage to pick up on rather quickly is the absence of Vybz Kartel, whose hits have continued to dominate the charts despite the entertainer currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
According to organizers, Vybz Kartel has been deemed ineligible due to certain rule changes implemented, particularly one stating nominees should be able to perform if requested.
Kartel’s fans have since cried foul and promise the withdrawal of their support until the rules change.