Attention music lovers! The 56th Annual Grammy awards is approaching!
The awards show set to air on Sunday January 26th at 5pm PST on CBS will be hosted by two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J for the 3rd year in a row. The most anticipated night in music drew 28.4 million viewers worldwide and is the most prestigious award which musicians all over the world strive towards. To date the person who holds the record for most Grammy’s is a classical conductor named Georg Solti who died in 1997 with a total of 31 Grammys. The award show held by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States has 82 categories including Best Reggae Album which was actually only added as a category in 1984, 3 years after the passing of reggae legend Bob Marley.
So, who is in line this year for the Best Reggae Album?
Drumroll* Ladies and Gents, the nominees are:
• One Love, One Life – Beres Hammond. Label: VP Records.
• Ziggy Marley in Concert – Ziggy Marley. Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
• The Messiah – Sizzla. Label: VP Records
• Reggae Connection – Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters. Label: K’z Records
• Reincarnated – Snoop Lion. Label: RCA Records/Berhane Sound System/Boss Lady Ent/Vice/Mad Decent
Lets juss say if Snoop Lion win it will be a big disappointment….
One Love, One Live released in November 2012 peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Album chart. This is Hammond’s second Grammy nomination. He was also nominated for Best Reggae Album in 2002 for his album Music Is Life. This album can be purchased in iTunes for $15.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-love-one-life/id570381729
Fellow VP Records artist has been nominated for the first time with The Messiah which peaked at #1 on both the New York Reggae Chart and the South Florida Reggae Chart. Messiah can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-messiah/id638560383
has won 5 Grammys under his belt, is no stranger to the Grammy committee and won in this category in 2006 with his album Love Is My Religion. He performed at last year’s show alongside Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna and younger brother Damian Marley in a tribute to his father Bob Marley. Ziggy is working on his new album entitled Fly Rasta which is set to be released April 15th 2014 and he is also set to go on tour starting February 2014 in the US and Europe. Ziggy Marley in Concert (Live) can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-concert-live/id577664743
Sly & Robbie And The Jam Masters
have been nominated for their album Reggae Connection. Sly & Robbie who have been recording together since the 1970s have had a total of 10 nominations and won in this category in 1999 with their album entitled Friends. They also produced Black Uhuru’s album Anthem which won the first Grammy for the Best Reggae Album category in 1985. Reggae Connection can be purchased on iTunes for $9.90: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reggae-connection/id675826536
who again recently renamed himself Snoopzilla, has been nominated 16 times but has never won a Grammy. Snoop spent some time in Jamaica in 2012 where he embraced the Rastafarian culture and renamed himself Snoop Lion. After this trip he released a documentary entitled “Reincarnated” displaying his spiritual transformation while on the island. His debut reggae album was given the same name and was the best selling Reggae album of 2013 with over 80,000 copies sold in the US alone. It is currently #1 on the Reggae Albums billboard chart. Reincarnated can be purchased on iTunes for $9.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reincarnated/id624679082
California based reggae band Fortunate Youth and St. Lucian reggae performer Taj Weekes and his band, Adowa were also on the preliminary list. Though they did not make the top 5, being considered as a nominee is a great achievement and we congratulate them all the same.
While Trinidadian sensation Nicki Minaj has no nominations, Barbadian singer Rihanna is nominated this year for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Stay featuring Mikky Ekko and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Unapologetic.
Will Ziggy snatch the 6th win in this category from the Marley brothers in 10 years? Will Snoop Lion’s spiritually inspired work of art which is outside his typical genre win him his first G rammy?
There’s some hot competition going on here folks! We can’t wait to see who wins!
P.S. GRAMMY FUN FACT: President Barack Obama has 2 Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word Album: Dreams of My Father in 2006 and The Audacity of Hope in 2008.