Organisers of the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards broke ranks by posthumously honouring John Holt at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew recently.

Garnett Reid, chairman of the organising committee of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation (CDASCF), said “this was a special case”.

“We were planning to honour him. We regretted that he had been ignored over the years and then he died in the midst of our work. We had to make a decision, and the decision was that we would go ahead and honour him, anyway,” Reid told the Jamaica Observer.

“I am sure his huge fan base, as well as his peers in the music industry, will appreciate this,” Reid added.

21 awards were distributed that night, to recipients which included entertainers Beres Hammond, Rita Marley, Beenie Man, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Ronnie Butler (The Bahamas), Trinidadian calypsonian David Rudder and veteran singer Gem Myers. Juliet Cuthbert, Grace Jackson, and Andrew Price each received an award for their contribution to sports. Playwright Patrick Brown, designer Bill Edwards, actor Paul Campbell, film-makers Lennie Little-White and Barbara Blake Hanna, storyteller Amina Blackwood Meeks, dancer Patsy Ricketts, floral designer Paula Tai Chun-Hissman and producer Kanhai Condiso were lauded for their contribution to the field of arts and culture.

Started 25 years ago, the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards goes to regional nationals for outstanding works in their respective fields.