American Reggae Acts Dominate 2017 Grammy Nominations

Three Out of Six Nominees Are Based in the U.S.A.

Earlier today The Recording Academy announced the 2017 Grammy Award nominations. Beyoncé topped all nominees with nine nods while Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West snagged eight each. Rihanna & Drake’s dancehall cut “Work” was nominated for Record of the Year, although Drizzy’s chart-toppers “One Dance” and “Controller” were snubbed. Tory Lanez’s “Luv”—based on Tanto & Devonte’s dancehall classic “Everyone Falls In Love”—was nominated for Best R&B Song. Sia’s No. 1 single “Cheap Thrills”  featuring Sean Paul was nominated in the Best Pop Duo Performance category. As usual the Reggae category was full of surprises, with three of the five nominations going to U.S.–based acts.   More Details After The Jump…


J Boog Rose Petals

Raging Fyah Everlasting

Rebelution Falling Into Place 

Sly & Robbie feat. Devin Di Dakta & J.L Sly & Robbie Presents… Reggae For Her 

Soja Live In Virginia

Ziggy Marley Ziggy Marley


“We feel honored and humbled,” said Kumar, lead singer of  Raging Fyah, the only Jamaica-based band nominated in the category. “We are just taking it in, it feels good. It gives us a sense of accomplishment as humble musicians. It’s more than just the band, it’s the Jamaican culture, reggae culture. Being nominated is a win itself. It’s going to do a lot for the younger musicians. Coming from Edna Manley I think it changes the culture of musicianship, of the struggles we overcome. To be nominated for Best Reggae Album alongside Ziggy Marley, J Boog, Sly & Robbie, Rebelution and SOJA is a win for us, for all struggling young musicians, we give thanks, we feel really good.”

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