Montano spent most of the year sampling different genres and collaborating with the likes of Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon and Pitbull, but he still sticks to his formula of native calypso and soca beats, and based on this year's awards count, the fans and music industry still consider him the most talented and acclaimed soca artist today.
In two recent soca music awards ceremonies held in the United Kingdom and Caribbean, Montano was awarded 10 of the top prizes. In April, he walked away with the top prizes at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York, totaling three that night. With the Trinidad & Tobago's COTT Awards in early November, Montano is up for another three of those prestigious songwriting distinctions.
The entire HD camp is also riding the wave of awards, as songbird Patrice Roberts, songwriter Kernal Roberts, solo artist Farmer Nappy, and producing mastermind Dwain "Dwaingerous" Antrobus, have all been nominated, awarded and are still up for more prizes before the year is out.
Now the HD band and crew prepares for their highly anticipated performance at the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica on November 2, 2008, where Montano and crew will join Sean Paul and others to celebrate 30 years of independence in Dominica.
Here's the list of new awards for Machel Montano:
6TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SOCA AWARDS
OCTOBER 18, 2008
Male Soca Performer of the Year
Overall Male Soca Artist of the Year
Best Soca Collaboration Up Tempo
Soca Artist Album/CD of the Year
Overall Soca Band of the Year
SOCA NEWS - 1ST ANNUAL SOCA AWARDS
OCTOBER 17, 2008
Best International Male Artist
Best Soca Album (Book of Angels)
Best Soca Track (One More Time)
Best Soca Collaboration (With MOP)
Best Soca Music Video (Jumbie)