International Dancehall Queen Contest - Is the popular International Dancehall Queen Contest dead? - This is one question which has been hitting our inbox on a regular basis.
The competition which was always held in Summer annually has been missing from the calendar.
The contest usually pulls contestants from across the globe and thousands of patrons were always held in Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica, at the popular Pier One complex, located on the waterfront.
The Dancehall Queen Contest is an all-female competition. The man behind the contest was Mr. Brian Martin and up the last staging, it was sponsored by Red Label Wine, a popular Jamaican roots wine.
Although the last staging in Jamaica was held in 2015, the competition is still been held in Europe and Japan and the United States of America.
The winners of the Dancehall Queen contest in these countries would have had the chance to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition in Jamaica, with the cancellation of the contest, it has dealt a crushing blow on these contestants.
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What has lead to the cancellation of the event?
Below is an official statement from the organizers of the event:
"The promoter for the popular International Dancehall Queen Competition, Mr. Brian Martin, said that after consulting with the police and other stakeholders they came to a conclusion.
The city of Montego Bay has seen a rise in murders and other crimes in the past weeks. This has led to almost all events in and around the city canceled."