Stonedwithcupid wins Spoken Word Artiste of The Year

Akeem Stonedwithcupid Chandler-Prescod has continued his winning streak as he won the Gine on People’s Choice Award Spoken Word Artiste of the year at the 5th annual Gine on People’s Choice Award Ceremony at Frank Collymore Hall on May 19th , 2024.

Stonedwithcupid who is a multiple award-winning poet who in 2023 won NIFCA Gold for his poem Suicide Bomber as well as the Prime Minister’s Award was shocked to receive his award from Producer of Gine on Awards, DJ Simmons.

Stonedwithcupid said he was pleased to have won the award as it shows that his work is not in vain, as he writes, produces and records his work which he posts on his Instagram page @stonedwithcupid.

“The reason this award means so much is because I am not sure people see the amount of work that goes in behind the scenes, the hundreds of hours mixing, mastering, producing, colour grading, graphic design and event production. It amazes me that I can do all of this whilst pursuing a Masters at the University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. Being able to perform at the highest level whilst actively pursuing my masters is a superhuman fete and receiving this award makes me feel seen and as though all of my hard work was not in vain,” he said.

Stonedwithcupid’s award comes as no surprise as on May 9th , 2024, he received commendation from the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley for his poem Origins which he performed at the Fireside Chat with Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is a Nobel Laureate and Former President of The Republic of Liberia.

“The Prime Minister of Barbados hugged me and told me to keep going, this meant a lot to me as an artiste because it is great to know that my work is something that she enjoyed. The poem Origins is a poem which talks about knowing your history, and I was pleased to have performed it for the Prime Minister and dignitaries from Liberia as they educated Barbadians
on the history between Barbados and Liberia,” he said.

What is next for Stonedwithcupid?

StonedwithCupid said he has some major projects in the works, but persons who are desirous of celebrating his Gine on People’s Choice Award Spoken-Word Artiste of The Year can join him on May 30th, 2024, at Cricket Legends of Barbados at 8pm where he will be performing some of his award-winning work.