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“Lefty” Nick Earle picks up three MusicNL awards in St. John's

Nick Earle won three awards at MusicNL's awards ceremony at the LSPU Hall in St. John's Tuesday night. — PHOTO BY ERIN O'MARA
Nick Earle won three awards at MusicNL's awards ceremony at the LSPU Hall in St. John's Tuesday night. — Photo by Erin O'Mara

Pop/dance recording artist Dion Todd wins The Telegram fan's choice as entertainer of the year

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The night was right for left-handed guitar sensation Nick Earle of St. John’s.

Earle picked up three awards at MusicNL’s 2019 awards ceremony, held Tuesday night at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s. He was named the rock artist of the year, rising star of the year and the Dc Design House Inc. male artist of the year.

“So full of love!” Earle wrote on his Facebook page after the ceremony.

Jenina MacGillvray, who released her first album, “Marion,” won two awards — the FACTOR album of the year and the Posie Row/Travel Bug female artist of the year.

The alternative-country-rock group Youngtree and The Blooms was selected the Quidi Vidi Brewery alternative artist of the year, while Peter Smith — aka Peter Willie Youngtree, who wrote, “She Found Me” for Youngtree and The Blooms — was chosen the Ron Hynes SOCAN songwriter of the year.

 “I can’t think of an award that would mean more to me at the moment,” Smith (Youngtree) wrote on his Facebook post.

Pop/dance recording artist Dion Todd — whose single “Be Alright” is having big success across the country — won The Telegram fan’s choice entertainer of the year.

Todd’s single is co-written by Grammy Award winning songwriter Tiffany Fred, who has worked with American Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, and multi-Billboard hit producer and writer Ronnie (“CHICO”) Di Cicco, and produced by Grammy Award winner Philip Larsen, who worked with Australian pop artist Kylie Minogue.

Folk-pop roots duo Quote the Raven — featuring the harmonic vocals of Jordan Coaker and Kirsten Rodden-Clarke — won the Yamaha group of the year award.

The rap/hip-hop artist of the year award went to Rapper JYAY — who had help from three-time Grammy-winning producer Chin Injeti, who has also worked with world-renowned rappers Eminem and Dr. Dre.

It Could Be Franky was chosen pop artist of the year, while Galaa took home the award for electronic artist/group of the year.

Rosemary Lawton was the Celtics/traditional artist of the year, while Andrea Koziol and Bill Brennan were presented with the Classic Hits Coast 101.1 jazz/blues artist of the year award.

Eastern Owl won the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre First Light Indigenous Arts of the Year award. Carolina East was named country artist of the year.

The award for inspirational artist of the year went to Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes. The side musician of the year was Dan George, while the Nickel Independent Film Festival music video of the year was won by Rum Ragged for “Ladies Man,” directed by Michael Lynch.

The late Paul Bendzsa — multi-instrumentalist, teacher, composer and performer, who passed away in November 2019 — was posthumously honoured with the Denis Parker industry builder award.

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