New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ EME Awards)
Kingston, Jamaica: It is now official! Hip-hop rapper, actress and successful designer Eve will be one of three international stars including TRINA and Jamerican comedian Rayzor who are confirmed to perform at the glitzy Excellence
and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.
"After weeks of back and forth between both camps, I am happy to report that I have confirmation that Eve will attend this year's EME Awards in Jamaica" an elated Founder and Chairman Richard 'Richie B' Burgess disclosed.
Eve, who broke on the rap scene in the 1990's, was a key member of the seminal rap squad Ruff Ryders. As the only female in the crew, she stood out as the sexy, no-nonsense street savvy chick that could hold her own amongst the boys. Anchored by chart-topping singles like "Gotta Man" and "Love Is Blind," her debut album "Let There Be" garnered huge urban radio play and Recording Industry
Association of America
(RIAA) double platinum success. Her sophomore release Scorpion also went platinum, while garnering her crossover appeal with the Grammy Award winning hit "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," featuring Gwen Stefani. She is currently in studios recording tracks for her forthcoming album which will hit stores soon.
In 2002 Eve made her silver screen debut in Vin Diesel's action blockbuster XXX and also landed an even bigger role in Ice Cube's Barbershop. Her clothing line "Fetish
" - that reflects her sexiness, womanhood and class - is a contemporary sportswear collection, that includes leather jackets, oversize sweaters, denim jeans and logo t-shirts.
The hip hop queen who in 2007 collaborated with Sean Paul
on the reggae-tinged single "Give It To You," came knocking on reggae's door again in 2010, recording another successful collaboration with Dancehall Diva Lady Saw - "He's at My House," from Saw's album "My Way." The two female acts are expected to up the anti with a highly anticipated performance at the EME Awards in Kingston. It is the very first time they will perform their collaboration live and Saw can't wait.
"I feel extremely excited about performing with Eve. I can't wait to see her. We have been communicating a lot on BB in recent weeks. We have been good friends for a while now. She loves Jamaica
and is looking forward to performing with me at the EME Awards" Saw said.
Eve's love affair with Jamaica
was cemented from as far back as December 1999 when she joined Erykah Badu, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Lauryn Hill, Queen
Latifah and The Marley family at the beautiful James
Bond Beach for a special performance at the 'One Love - The Bob Marley
All Star Tribute' Concert that was filmed in Jamaica
and later rebroadcast on TNT Network in the USA.
"Eve is a great performer like myself. I have been a fan of hers for a very long time" Saw said.
Aside from performing at the EME Awards, Eve will be inducted as an "International Friend of Reggae" and will be recognised for her collaboration with Lady Saw which is currently blowing up in Jamaica
and the rest of the Caribbean.
The 2011 Excellence
and Entertainment (EME) Awards will recognize the top performers in approximately 30 award categories including DJ of the Year, Best New Artiste, Song of the Year, Vocalist of the year and Producer of the year among others. Winners will be determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music
Countdown (Charts), votes via texts and votes at the website www.emeawards.com. Sponsors
of the 2011 EME Awards include Energy
Beat Ltd, CVM TV, Jamaica
Tourist Board (JTB), Zojak Worldwide, HOT 102 FM, Starlight Productions, IMAGESnewsletter.com, Grafton Music
and Entertainment Konnections.