Liberian Entertainment Awards

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Liberian Entertainment Awards
The LEA logo.jpg
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in the Liberian Entertainment Industry
Country  USA
First awarded 2009
Official website liberianentertainmentawards.com

The Liberian Entertainment Awards (commonly referred to as The LEA or simply LEA) are an accolade awarded to Liberians at home and in the diaspora for their outstanding contributions to the Liberian Entertainment Industry. The annual ceremony, held across the United States, features performances by establish and promising artists. The LEA was founded in 2009 by Tarkus Zonen. The inaugural ceremony was held on January 31, 2009, at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.[1]

Locations[edit]

Year Date Venue Host City Ref
2009 January 31, 2009 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, North Carolina [1]
2010 January 30, 2010 McGlohon Theatre [2]
2011 January 29, 2011 Center Stage Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia [3]
2012 January 28, 2012 Ferst Center for the Arts [4]
2013 January 19, 2013 Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Silver Spring, Maryland [5]
2014 February 22, 2014 [6]

Award ceremonies[edit]

2009[edit]

The first Liberian Entertainment Awards were held on January 31, 2009, at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2009 ceremony featured performances by Lucky Shango, FA, Black Diamond, C-Needles, and Atlanta Dance Crew. Sundaygar Dearboy's "Bayjay" won the "Song of the Year" award and 2C's "Liberia Girl" music video won the Best Music Video award. Gerald Barclay won the Best Filmaker award and Alexander Sonpon won the Best Event Promoter award. Francis Doe won the Best Athlete award while Imported Bride won the Best Movie award. Furthermore, FA Deline walked away with the Best Artist award.[1]

2010[edit]

The second edition of The LEA was held on January 30, 2010, at the McGlohon Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elma Shaw was nominated in the Best Author category after the release of her critically acclaim book Redemption Road. Chris Deshield, a Liberian American recording artist, won the Best Artist award.[7] 2C won the Artist of the Year award.[8]

2011[edit]

The third Liberian Entertainment Awards were held on January 29, 2011, at The Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. Jodi, the biggest awardee of the night, took home three awards from four nominations. He won the Artist of the Year award. His "Love You" song won the Song of the Year award, and the music video for his "Fronting" single won the Best Music Video award. Takun J was nominated for two awards, but failed to take home an award that night. Luckay Buckay, a Liberian based artist, won the Hipco Artist award. Glorious Lamp International won the Best Gospel Artist award. Benji Cavalli and the Boucantier Royales won the Best Dance Group award. Momo "DJ Mo Mass" Massaquoi won the "Best DJ" award, surpassing David "DJ Spek Takula" Fromayan. The late Wilton G. S. Sankawulo won the Best Author award. Sekou Jabateh Oliseh won the Best Athlete award, eclipsing former Tennessee Titans linebacker Rennie Curran and three others. The Best Filmaker category was awarded to Seywon Weah, and the Best Movie category was awarded to Mr Wee Wee.

2012[edit]

The fourth edition of The LEA was held on January 28, 2012, at the Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. It was hosted by Natty Skolo and Pam Manneh. The 2012 ceremony featured performances by Zaye Tete, Charlotte Wonjah, G-Rize, Infamous TK, Ivan P, BabyEye Taylor, Tru Storry, Nyna Touch, Moses Swaray, George-B and Tomah Tokay. David Mell was the biggest awardee of the night, winning the Best Artist and Best Hipco Artist awards. Steve Kelly won the Best Gospel Artist award. Killing Me Softly won the Best Movie award and Prinze Whyee won the Best Film Maker award. The music video for G-Rize's "I Love My Girl" won the Best Music Video award. Junior Freeman and African Soldier's "Da My Area" won the Song of the Year award. The Best Music Producer category was awarded to Cypha D'King, and the Best DJ award went to DJ 2Risky. Heinz Johnson won the Best Radio Personality award and Catherine Woyee-Jones won the Community Crusader award.[4] Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, an associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona, won the Best Author award.[9]

2013[edit]

The fifth Liberian Entertainment Awards were held at the Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College, Maryland. The 2013 ceremony was hosted by Heinz Johnson and Diamond Sonpon. Takun J was nominated for the Best Hipco Artist award,[10] and Somewhere in Baltimore won the Best Film award.[11]

2014[edit]

The six edition of the The LEA was held on February 22, 2014, at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was hosted by Alex Sonpon and Nadia Kehzie. Several Liberian based artists were nominated for the 2014 LEA, including Takun J, F.A, Sweetz, DSP, Luckay Buckay and Bernice Blackie. Takun J won the Best Hipco artist award and was nominated for the Best Artist award. DSP was nominated for the Best New Artist award; in addition, the music video for his song "Promise" was nominated for the Best Music Video award. Beatrice Mulbah took home the Best Actress award while Montel Swaray won the Best Actor award. The Best New Artist category went to Musulyn Sweetz Myers, and the award for Best Artist was awarded to Munnah. Boys Cry won the Best Film award, and Tibelrosa Tarponweh won the Best Filmaker award. Xpolay's "Pot Not Balling Remix", featuring Liberian AllStars, won the Song of the Year award. Liberian based Gospel artist Kanvee Gaines Adams won the Best Gospel Artist award. The music video for Queen V's "Jue You Bad" won the Best Music Video award.[6][12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "First Liberian Entertainment Award Gets Rave Reviews". The Liberian Journal. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "2nd Annual Liberian Entertainment Awards". Ladybrille Magazine. January 27, 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Steve Kelly Nominated as Best Gospel Artist". Ghana Web. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "InfoTain Africa @ LEA". The 4th edition of the Liberian Entertainment Awards. InfoTain Africa. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Liberian Entertainment Awards". FunTimes Magazine. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Sandy, Yewa (10 January 2014). "Multiple Liberian Based Artists Nominated For 2014 Liberian Entertainment Awards". Daily Observer. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chris Deshield". Chris Deshield Biography. This Is Africa. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "2C's Biography". 2C's Official Website. BPNMG. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Professor wins best author award". Penn State News. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  10. ^ King, Peter (12 January 2013). "Takun J Nominated for Best Hipco Artiste 2013 in US". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  11. ^ King, Peter (28 September 2013). "Liberian Movie:“Somewhere in Baltimore” Wins 3 Entertainment Awards at NAFCA African Oscars award". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Liberian Entertainment Award Winners!". Daily Observer. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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