The IRD Living Legend Award for 2017 will be presented to Reggae icon Beres Hammond for his outstanding contribution to the development and international success of Reggae music.
Few artistes are as loved by Jamaicans at home and abroad more than Beres Hammond. Globally respected as an exceptional singer, Beres Hammond has endeared himself to generations of fans around the world with his signature sound, exceptional catalogue and career longevity. Critically acclaimed as one of Jamaican music’s best vocalists of all time, Beres remains a crowd favourite, on stages and in dances around the world, after more than 35 years in music.
The artiste’s outstanding song book is filled with classics near and dear to the hearts of many and his openness to collaborating with other artistes has created memorable hit duets with the likes of Buju Banton, Marcia Griffiths and Maxi Priest. With a string of Reggae classics from Step Aside to Rock Away, the Beres Hammond songbook overflows with love and timeless music which makes this artiste worthy of the title Living Legend.