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Tony Java, the man behind the D.C. Reggae Awards, will tell you that most of the criticism his event has received is from people who haven’t won awards. Well, at least one person won’t be complaining about this eighth annual competition: Fine singer Willie Paul is the only nominee for best songwriter, and his Turning Point is the only item up for best reggae recording and song of the year. It seems that though Jamaica has long been known for the vast number of musical recordings its residents release each year, the expatriate community here is considerably less busy. For those who do like actual contests, however, there are a number of categories with more than one nominee: Java and his judges will be considering candidates for best band, best reggae/rap DJ, best female promoter, best MC—dancehall style, and, of course, best carryout. Find out who’ll be smiling and who won’t at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 4002 53rd St., Bladensburg. $25. (301) 270-3223. (Steve Kiviat)