Kingston, JAMAICA: - Having secured all of three nominations in the prestigious Youth
It comes as no surprise to those with their fingers on the pulse of the music that the deejay – whose song ‘Personally’ made serious inroads last year in the psyche of the massives – has been shortlisted in three categories for the chart-topping single. Kalado’s name pops up beside Personally in the following slots for the awards show which caters to the "young, hot and hype": Favourite Local Video, Hottest Summer Song and Favourite Local Chart Topping Song.
Produced by DrDre for his DreDay Productions, the song was “marked for success”, Kalado insists, adding however, that even he was a bit bowled over by three nominations. “Honestly, I sort of expected some form of recognition….maybe one nomination. When I was told that we got three, I couldn’t speak. It is a humbling and an inspiring experience all at once. Big respect to P Square, all Kalado fans everywhere in the world and of course, the production team,” he said.
According to Kalado, “From I listened to the riddim, I knew which song would be a perfect fit with the right dancehall mix, so we went full speed ahead,” the deejay recalled of the song which went on to become one of the biggest summer anthems for 2014. Personally is listed in the Hottest Summer Song category alongside Miami Vice (Kartel); Holiday Again (Alkaline); Everything Nice (JCapri); Syvah (Ding Dong); So Mi Like It (Spice) and Reserve It (Popcaan).
A great summer song needs an equally great dancing video, one which captures the imagination. Kalado and his team worked this angle with gusto and produced a slick music video which helped to propel the single’s success. Personally is vying for the best video alongside So Mi Like It (Spice); Everything Nice (Popcaan); Syvah (Ding Dong) and Who Knows (Protoje featuring Chronixx).
In the category, Favourite Local Chart Topping Song, Kalado is up against Vybz Kartel with two nominations, Kranium and Popcaan.
“All I’m asking my peeps to do is vote,” the thrice-nominated Kalado declared.
The Youth View Awards, which has a total of 24 categories covering all areas of entertainment, will be held on February 21, 2015.