Reggae Grammy Nominees Announced

Old School Legends Dominate The Best Reggae Album Category

In a year when Jamaica celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, legends of roots rock reggae took four of five nomination for the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award—reaffirming the powerful legacy of Jamaica’s musical legacy even as it left its future clouded in relative obscurity. Despite outstanding releases by Busy Signal (Reggae Music Again), Mr. Vegas (Sweet Jamaica), Vybz Kartel (Kingston Story), Konshens (Mental Maintenance) and Romain Virgo (The System)—to name a few glaring oversights—the only reggae artist under the age of 50 to make the cut this year was Sean Paul, whose album Tomahawk Technique stands as the sole nominee representing the dancehall genre. Full List of Nominees After The Jump…

Jimmy Cliff

The Original Wailers
[MRG Recordings]

Tomahawk Technique
Sean Paul

New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition
Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters
[Mondo Tunes]

Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill
Toots And The Maytals
[Metropolis Recordings]

The winners will be announced on February 10, 2013 in a ceremony broadcast on CBS TV and streamed at But of course the reggae category—like the revolution—will not be televised.

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