International dancehall artiste Sean Paul is among the 143 Jamaican citizens who will be honoured by the Government on Heroes Day, October 21.
Sean Paul, whose real name is Sean Henriques, will receive the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD), for his contribution to the global popularity and promotion of reggae music.
The entertainer broke on to the Jamaican music scene in 1994, but his career took off internationally in the 2000s. In 2004, he won his first Grammy award for his second debut studio album, Dutty Rock, which sold more than six million copies. Dutty Rock features international hits such as Gimmie The Light and Get Busy.
Decades in music
During his decades in music, Sean Paul has done features with several international acts, including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Dupa Lipa, Eve and Estelle. He even tapped into the Latin market when he did the remix for one of the biggest Latin hits, Bailando, with Enrique Iglesias, as well as Contra La Pared with Latin superstar J Balvin.
And, in August, Sean Paul was nominated in the ‘Favorite Crossover Artiste’ category in the 2019 Latin American Music Awards. The award show will take place three days after he is honoured in Jamaica.
— Written by Shania Hanchard