Caribbean Music Grammy Nominations

Caribbean Music Grammy Nominations

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It is that time of year again! The time when the Caribbean music industry looks forward to the most influential awards event as a way to put Caribbean culture on display-The Grammys. This year, Bajan born pop star, Rihanna has run away with the most nominations by any Caribbean person. The megastar from Barbados has seven (7) nominations! After winning twelve (12) years ago, in 2004, Jamaica’s Sean Paul is now nominated for another Grammy award. The nomination is in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group performance. This nomination comes at a time when the Dancehall artist has seen a strong resurgence in his career with high visibility and strong music sales. Sean Paul has been nominated five (5) times since then in the Best Reggae Album category. That category has sparked a lot of controversy this time around.

shabba-ranksThere has never been a perception that the nominations of Caribbean and people of Caribbean descent persons from organization that runs the Grammys, The Recording Academy, have either been thorough, truly representative of the Caribbean culture or even fully in tune with the the values held highly in Caribbean culture. This highlights the fact that, the voters of the awards are not reflective of the diverse cultures that produce music. However, when looking at the only award that is based in Caribbean culture (Best Reggae Album), we see a list of legends (Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Inner Circle, Peter Tosh etc) to the culture along with relevant and popular at the time artists (Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Buju Banton etc). Another clear observation is that although the King of Reggae, Bob Marley, has never won this award (the award was established after his death in 1981). However,  the Marley name still has a large presence within this ceremony with the individual that has won the most award is Stephen Marley at 7 awards (3 with the Melody Makers, 2 for his own album, and 2 albums that he produced (Half Way Tree & Welcome to Jamrock). The artist who won the second most awards in this category is Ziggy Marley (3 with Melody Makers and 3 on solo albums) and then there is Damian Marley who has won 2, making it 15 award in total connected to the Marley name.

There is one name on the list in this Category that is recognizable by all who are regularly involved with Reggae, that name is Ziggy Marley, however, although the album is of high quality, it was not truly relevant in the Reggae world since its release date. As for the remaining nominees although there is quality music to be found amongst them, relevance is lacking and the music does not impact the culture. Here is a list of the nominees in the Best Reggae album category followed by the Caribbean artists that joined him by being nominated for the Grammy Award.

 

BEST REGGAE ALBUM

  • Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Hergrammynominess-bestreggaealbum
    1. Devin Di Dakta & J.L
    2. Label: Tuff Gong International, Taxi Records
  •  Rose Petals
    • J Boog
    • Label: Wash House Music Group
  •  Ziggy Marley
    • Ziggy Marley
    • Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide
  • Everlasting
    • Raging Fyah
    • Label: Dub Rockers/VP Records
  •  Falling Into Place
    • Rebelution
    • Label: 87 Music/Hill Kid/Raise Up Music/Easy Star Records
  •  SOJA: Live In Virginia
    • SOJA
    • Label: ATO Records

BEST RAP SONG

  • All The Way Up
    • Fat Joe (Co-Nominee)
    • Label: RNG/EMPIRE
  • Famous
    • Rihanna (Co-Nominee)
    • Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam

BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

  • Conexión
    • Fonseca
    • Label: Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
  •  La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell
    • Formell Y Los Van Van (Columbia)
    • Label: EGREM
  •  35 Aniversario
    • Grupo Niche (Columbia)
    • Label: Niche Business Enterprises Inc dba PPM USA
  • La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario
    • La Sonora Santanera (Afro Cuban)
    • Label: Sony Music Entertainment México, S.A. De C.V

BEST LATIN ROCK, URBAN or ALTERNATIVE ALBUM

  • Los Rakas
    • Los Rakas
    • Label: Universal Music Latino

 BEST LATIN JAZZ

  • Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac
    • Chucho Valdés
    • Label: Jazz Village
  •  Entre Colegas
    • Andy González
    • Label: Truth Revolution Records

BEST RAP SONG

  • Famous by Kanye West & Rihanna
    • Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam

BEST RAP/SUNG PERFORMANCE

  • Famous
    • Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
    • Label: G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUMrihanna

  • Anti
    • Rihanna
    • Label: Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation Records

BEST R&B PERFORMANCE

  • Needed Me
    • Rihanna
    • Label: Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation Records

BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

  • Work
    • Rihanna Featuring Drake
    • Label: Westbury Road Entertainment
  •   Cheap Thrills
    • Sia Featuring Sean Paul
    • Label: RCA Records/Monkey Puzzle Records

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Views
    • Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee & Rihanna
    • Label: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records

RECORD OF THE YEAR

  • Work
    • Rihanna
    • Label: Westbury Road Entertainment

 

Jason Walker is a freelance writer for Caribbean Today Magazine who has had an award winning journalism career that spans 20 years. He can be followed on twitter at www.twitter.com/jasonwalker_ or emailed at jasonarticle@gmail.com

 

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Patriot, Jamaican, Caribbean, Pan African, Humanist, Radio Personality, DJ. I have worked over 20 years as a Journalist for Caribbean Today Magazine, WRFG Radio 89.3 FM, Cross Over Media and several media outlets in the Caribbean and the US.

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