Grammy nominees for the Best Reggae Album revealed

Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Collie Buddz, Burning Spear, and Julian Marley are the chosen five vying for the coveted Best Reggae Album title at the 66th annual Grammy Awards next year.

The recording academy this morning (Nov 10) announced the nominees in over 94 categories.

Two-time Grammy winner Burning Spear, who won his first Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category in 1999 for ‘Calling Rastafari’ and in 2008 for ‘Jah Is Real’, has scored his 13th nomination for his album ‘No Destroyer’.

Buju Banton, who has earned his 8th Grammy nomination for his album ‘Born For Greatness’, won the 53rd annual Grammy in 2010 for ‘Before The Dawn’.

The Gargamel in reacting to the news, used his verified Instagram account to show his appreciation. “My only joy is being able to share this gift with the universe, for that I am always humbled #BornForGreatnness”, he wrote.

Beenie Man, who scored his fourth Grammy nomination with ‘SIMMA’, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2000 for ‘Art and Life’.

Beenie Man via his social media platform expressed gratitude for the recognition. “Deeply grateful for the Grammy nomination for my album Simma. This recognition is a testament to the incredible journey we’ve shared through music. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this remarkable adventure”, he wrote.

Julian Marley, who has never won a Grammy, has scored his third nomination with ‘Colours of Royal’.

This marks Collie Buddz first Grammy nomination with ‘Cali Roots Riddim 2023’. The Bermuda native, via his official Instagram account, expressed shock. “Wow! Very unexpected”, he wrote in part.

Meanwhile, Stephen Marley’s album ‘Old Soul’ which was not considered a Reggae album, missed out on securing a nomination in the six categories he received Grammy considerations for, such as Best Global Music Album, Album of the Year, Best American Roots Song, Best American Roots Performance, Song of the Year, and Best Global Music Performance.

The highly anticipated Grammy Awards is slated to take place on February 4, 2024 in Los Angeles.


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