two-year delay didn’t steal the joy that was evident early Saturday morning after Spice was crowned by the organisers of Reggae Sumfest as the Queen of Dancehall.

The ‘So Mi Like It’ entertainer beamed as Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of DownSound Entertainment — the organiser of Reggae Sumfest — delicately positioned the crown atop her head on stage after her performance at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

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She was in definitely in her element. Later Saturday, Queen of Dancehall Spice expressed heartfelt appreciation in a post on her Instagram page.

“Jamaica thank you for loving me and supporting me the way you have for the last 20 years. It wasn’t an easy road, but you have stood beside me and watched me jump over every hurdle, kick down every door,” Spice said on Instagram with a video of the crowning moment.

“Despite all the naysayers, we’ve beat the odds together. Besties, I love you all so much. @reggaesumfest organisers and Joe Bogdanovich THANK YOU for acknowledging my hard work.

“To all the female artists in this business, I know the journey isn’t an easy one, and so I pray that we can do it together, I love you all.

“I have too many people to thank, so I don’t want to start tagging, but just know I’m humbled and grateful for the love and support,” the post continued.

Spice received support from her son Nicholas immediately after the presentation, as he entered the stage and hugged his mother who planted a huge kiss on his cheek.

The crowd also showed their appreciation as they cheered loudly during the crowning, which should have taken place in 2020, but was pushed back because of restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic that put a pause on major events.

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