HASH(0xb3e718)

Nova Scotia rapper Classified wins ECMA Song of Year for Snoop Dogg collaboration

Classified among top ECMA winners for 2017

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A fun collaboration with Snoop Dogg called “No Pressure” rewarded Nova Scotia rapper Classified with the Song of the Year award Thursday night at the annual East Coast Music Awards.

The rapper, from Enfield, N.S., produced the tune, which also samples a song from emerging Cape Breton-born, Halifax based singer-songwriter Dave Sampson.

Classified also produced Ria Mae’s self-titled album, which captured the award for Solo Recording of the year. Mae’s album featuring “Clothes Off” became a smash hit on the Canadian radio charts and grabbed a Juno nomination for single of the year — a category based on sales.

The awards show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, was held in Saint John, N.B.

The show featured live performances by David Myles, Classified, Ria Mae, Tomato/Tomato, and others.

Old Man Luedecke captured Album of the Year for his Domestic Eccentric. Produced by Tim O’Brien, the album was recorded in a small cabin in the snowy Nova Scotia woods.

Les Hotesses d’Hilaire walked away with two awards on the night — Francophone Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year.

Tristan Horncastle had the Country Recording of the Year with “Turnin’ Up a Sundown.”

Ever-popular Lennie Gallant was named the Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the year.

The East Coast Music Association is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry to foster, develop and celebrate East Coast music and its artists.

“Once again, the awards show proved to be an excellent way to kick off the ECMAs,” said Andy McLean, the group’s executive director.

Industry sessions and local performances continue though the weekend.

Other winners Thursday night included War Horses for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and The Motorleague with Rock Recording of the Year for “Holding Patterns.”

Like a Motorcycle took home the coveted Rising Star Recording of the Year award for their hard-driving rock tune “High Hopes.”

The remaining 2017 East Coast Music Awards, including the Industry Awards, will be handed out over the course of the weekend as the festival continues in Saint John.

— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton

The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Calvary Chapel Kelowna

Attendees of the Sept. 13 morning church service may have been exposed, Interior Health says

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

Regional district funding phased out for Friends of Fintry

Heritage site volunteer group loses $39,000 grant incrementally over next two years

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

Public input sharpens vision of Oyama Ithmus Park

Proposed project to shape the long-term future of waterfront land in Lake Country

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

PHOTOS: Ghost sighting in Vernon’s Polson Park

Mom and daughter photoshoot brings joy and laughter to bystanders

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Parks Canada not responsible for Mount Kobau blockade

Nearby residents have been vocal about plans to turn the area into a national park

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Most Read