The Barbados Music Awards- the Caribbean's most internationally acclaimed music awards event, has been in existence for eight years, and has been staged each year for eight consecutive years. Featured performers, presenters and / or awardees who has appeared on the BMA stage include Joseph Jackson (father and former manager of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and the Jackson 5), British superstar Sir Cliff Richard, Grammy winning stars Rihanna, Fantasia Barrino, Faith Evans, Regina Belle, Beenie Man, platinum R&B star Deborah Cox, Hollywood stars Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut and more. The event is unequaled anywhere in the Caribbean region for its scale (over the seven editions of the Barbados Music Awards and its associated events over 25,000 persons have attended the BMAs, the workshop and Industry Gala). The event has been covered by the global media, and has been attended by two of Barbados' heads of state (the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur and the Late Rt. Hon. David Thompson) and multiple distinguished guests (including Dame Billie Miller, US Ambassador Her Excellency Mary Ourisman, Dame Olga Lopes Seale, former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley and numerous others) on multiple occasions.