Buju Banton emerged the winner of Jamaica Festival Song Competition 2020 setting him apart from the other nine finalists with his song 'I am a Jamaican'.
Even though there have been more than 250 extra entrants for this year, Buju walked away with the $3 million dollar prize of which he stated will be beneficiary as he will be putting it towards his charity the Sunbeam Boys’ Home which is "The true winner for tonight" he states upon receiving the prize.
Papa Michigan, with song 'Jamaica Dance' received second place followed by one of the girl finalists, Sakina Deer, who was placed 3rd with 'We are Jamaica'.
Buju Banton was one of the favorites on social media along with Freddie McGregor and Nazzleman, however McGregor and Nazzleman didn’t make it to the top 3.
This year’s winners were determined by public votes as the competition was staged virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping up with social distancing.
Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange stated that she was satisfied with the enthusiasm and display of patriotism and that the achievement has furnished us with the precise springboard to bounce to even extra heights.
Earlier this year, she announced that the event was being rebranded to make it extra appealing so as to go back to its former glory.
The Festival Song Competition in Jamaica started in 1966 and was conceptualized to provide Jamaicans with a feel-excellent vibe at Independence time.
The triumphing Jamaica Festival Song is supposed to be the backdrop of the Jamaica Festival Independence celebrations and it should be at the lips of everyone including those within the diaspora.
Other previous winners of Festival Song Jamaica are: Toots and the Maytals, Eric Donaldson, Hopeton Lewis, Roy Rayon, Tinga Stewart and Nazzleman.