Wayne Marshall Responds in Viral Video to Criticisms of his National Award

A number of prominent Jamaicans have taken to social media to react to a comedic TikTok sketch posted by Dancehall artist and Jamaican YouTuber Wayne Marshall. The video that has amassed more than 180 thousands views on Tik Tok is captioned, “When you are in church giving thanks and praises for your award, until such man walks in…Usher him out!”

@waynemarsheezyStill giving thanks through it all️

♬ original sound – gimsanyanwu

Days prior to Wayne Marshall’s viral TikTok post, Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas expressed dissatisfaction with Marshall receiving an Order of Distinction. Mr. Vegas argued that Marshall’s impact on the Dancehall community didn’t warrant the award, sparking a heated debate in the local entertainment sphere.

Flashback to Pastor Gino Jennings’ Controversial Encounter with Mr. Vegas

Wayne’s video response was welcomed by a number of fans because it appeared to be a reference to Mr. Vegas’ controversial encounter with Pastor Gino Jennings which involved him being escorted out of a church service.

Mixed Reaction From Local Entertainers

Seasoned Jamaican choreographer Latona Style publicly supported Wayne Marshall, praising him as a positive role model within the Reggae and Dancehall community. However, sports journalist Oral Tracey aligned himself with Mr. Vegas, suggesting that other artists were more deserving of recognition. Several notable figures within the entertainment industry, including Kemar Highcon, Alaine, I-Octane, Aisha Davis, and Jodian Pantry, echoed their support for Wayne Marshall through comments and emojis on social media.

Mr. Vegas Questions Marshall’s Eligibility for Award

In several posts following his broadcasts, Mr. Vegas continued to challenge Wayne Marshall’s eligibility for the Order of Distinction, advocating for the recognition of Dancehall artists Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, who have remained silent on the discussion.

Other Awardees in the Entertainment Industry

Reggae legend Marcia Griffiths and acclaimed Dancehall artist Tarrus Riley were also honored for their exceptional contributions to the entertainment industry. Riley, like Wayne Marshall, received the prestigious Order of Distinction, while Griffiths received the Order of Jamaica, the nation’s fourth-highest honor.

Nominations for National Honors and Awards

The process of selecting awardees for National Honors and Awards is an inclusive one. The Office of the Prime Minister invites public nominations every year, allowing citizens to play a role in celebrating individuals who have made significant contributions to Jamaica. The authority to bestow Civil Honors and Awards lies with The Governor-General, who acts on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The official announcement of recipients typically takes place during the Independence Celebration in August, a significant event in the nation’s calendar.

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