After the online voting officially closed on Saturday, the much awaited National Song Competition prearranged by the National Institute of Culture and History, the Institute of creative Arts and the National Celebrations Commission kicked off at the Memorial Park in Belize City with a live concert in which all twenty finalists took the stage to perform their original written songs.
After all performances the first and second place winners in each category namely, Carnival, Belize song, Breakout artist and People’s choice were announced. In the Carnival Song category, Wilson Grinage took first place with ‘Soca Session’ while Leslie ‘Mr. Bastic’ Jenkins came in second with the song ‘Represent’. In the Belize Song category, Cecil ‘Cocono Bwai’ Jenkins won first place with ‘Border to Border’ and Jeanie Brooks landed at second place with ‘Flags in the Air’.
When it comes to the Breakout Artist category, coming in at number one was Jeanie Brooks with ‘Flags in the Air’ while the song ‘Celebration’ by Jerome Crawford took the second prize and finally in the People’s Choice category (which included the online voting) Eugene Gentle received the most votes with his Belize Song ‘Mista Laddy Block The Boat’ while Barbara ‘Missy B’ Herrera got the highest amount of votes for her Carnival song entitled ‘Fayah’.
The first place winners of this year’s competition walked away with a grand prize of ten thousand dollars, a trophy and an opportunity to represent Belize in the region while the second place winners received a total of three thousand dollars along with a trophy.
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