Awards

Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh” Goes Gold

Gwan Gyppy! Go For The Gold
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July 24 marks the three year anniversary of Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh,” his most recognized hit that has topped the Billboard, Canadian and UK charts since its release. Most recently, the single—produced by Brooklyn’s own Ricky Blaze—has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and is being lauded as the first reggae record to hit the 500,000 sales mark in over a decade. Read More After The Jump… Read more »

Brit Reggae Awards 2013

Brit Reggae Awards 2013

The UK Reggae Biz Honors its Own

February is reggae month, so what better time of year for the British Reggae Industry Awards to take place? Last night a who’s who of reggae artists and shot-callers came together at the IndigO2 to give recognition to the workin’ peeps in the biz. The evening was packed with good vibes from award presentations to stage performances. One of My fave’s of the night was watching the Scottish band I Foundation. It’s been a minute since Scottish reggae’s been on the radio! They were super cute and they have a sense of humour too: walking past them backstage I overheard one of them saying “I think we need to go to Scotland to get some sun.” Maybe they were serious!?! Anyone who was out on the town in London last night knows it was bloody freezing!

David Rodigan turned up to collect his award for “Best Male Radio Personality.” Maxi Priest won “Best Male Vocalist.” Alton Ellis’s daughter Lovella picked up “Best Female newcomer” and she also collected “Best Male newcomer” for her brother Christopher Ellis—who was nominated for not 1 but 3 categories. His single “English” was up for best single, and he was also up for best British Video for his cover of his father’s “Williow Tree.” Looks like the Ghetto youth is makin’ moves, just in time for the launch of the Ghetto Youths album next Tuesday. Skibu bagged Best Album & Video, Gappy Ranks received Best MC and Best Single and Jah Shaka took home the award for “Best British Sound System.” Overall it was a night of good vibes and happy sounds in the place. As the compere said, “We nah pay fe scream—it free!” Full List of Winners & Video Interviews After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting Join Ziggy & Damian Marley To Big Up Bob At The Grammys

An All-Star Tribute to the Tuff Gong
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Just last week reggae lovers celebrated what would have been Bob Marley’s 68th Earthstrong. Rihanna and the Marleys felt it was only right to do sup’m at tonight’s Grammy Awards in tribute to the Tuff Gong. They will be joined by Bruno Mars, who has called Marley “one of the greatest songwriters ever,”  and Sting, whose work with The Police helped to bring reggae music to the rock and pop radio. Rihanna has often expressed her admiration for Marley and the Tuff Gong’s impact on her music and her life. She performed his classic “Redemption Song,” to help raise money for Haitian earthquake survivors and even showed her love by wearing a custom-made Bob Marley dress during her SNL performance. If you missed their version of “Could You Be Loved,” we got you… Video After the Jump. Read more »

MOBO Awards Shortlist Announced

Who Should Win Best Reggae Act for 2012? Don’t Just Sit There—Vote!

It’s super A-nnoying when award shows get it wrong. Most times the nominees are naff AND then the wrong person wins! Especially in a specialized category like Reggae where you’ve got to know your stuff. But the Music of British Origin Awards does better than most. They’ve announced their shortlist for Best Reggae Act and I’m not mad at their picks (listed in alphabetical order): Damian Marley, Konshens, Mr. Vegas, Popcaan, Sean Paul. So who should win? You know what’s good so Do Sumn! Register here and vote. Voting Link After The Jump.
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Buju Celebrates Grammy Win

Before The Dawn Honor Lifts Spirits As The Gargamel’s Trial Resumes

Although Buju Banton was not able to attend the Grammy Awards ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles, the reggae star—who is still confined to Florida—celebrated his win to the fullest. A member of Buju’s security team was startled when he heard shouting from Buju’s hotel room in Tampa, where the artist faces jury selection in his second trial on drug charges today. “I thought something was wrong,” the guard told The Jamaica Observer. Instead he found out Buju had won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Read more »

Buju Announces “Before The Dawn” Show Lineup

First Concert In A Year To Take Place Jan. 16 At Miami’s Bayfront Park

(Photograph by Marlon “Ajamu” Myrie)

After spending the past year behind bars on drug charges, Grammy-nominated Reggae star Buju Banton is free on bail and making plans to return to the stage at Miami’s Bayfront Memorial Park one month from today. Read more »

The Envelope Please…

Who Will Be Named Best Reggae Artist At The 2010 Soul Train Awards?

Nuff respect to the original Don (Cornelius). The Soul Train Awards ceremony takes place this Wedensday in Atlanta. And while Usher and Alicia Keys lead all nominees this year, we’re focused one of the newer categories. Last year Sean Paul walked away with the first ever Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist. This year’s nominees include Gyptian, Mr. Vegas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Vybz Kartel, Gramps Morgan, and Jah Cure—a diverse mix of roots reggae, soul, lovers’ rock and straight-up dancehall, and a better representation than most other major awards shows. Plus not only will the Best Reggae Artist trophy be awarded during the broadcast, but Gyptian is scheduled to perform live. Read more »