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Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album

Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album
Awarded for quality reggae albums
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1985
Last awarded 2015
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards,[1] to recording artists for quality works in the reggae music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".[2]

Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording, the honor was presented to artists for eligible songs or albums. The Jamaican group Black Uhuru received the first award in 1985. Beginning with the 1992 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to Best Reggae Album. Starting in 2002, awards were often presented to the engineers, mixers, and/or producers in addition to the performing artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, eligible works are vocal or instrumental reggae albums "containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded music", including roots reggae, dancehall and ska music.[3]

Stephen Marley holds the record for the most wins in this category, with six wins total (three times as a member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers). Similarly, Ziggy Marley has been presented the award four times total, three times as the leader of his eponymous band. Bunny Wailer has received the award three times, and two-time recipients include Burning Spear, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks. Jamaican artists have been presented with the award more than any other nationality. Buju Banton's nomination for the 2010 award sparked controversy and protest from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation due to homophobic lyrics within his music.[4]

Contents

  • Recipients 1
  • 2010 controversy 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Recipients

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1986 award recipient Jimmy Cliff in 1997

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Five-time award winner Stephen Marley (three times as a member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers) in 2007

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Six-time award winner Ziggy Marley (three times as the leader of his eponymous band), performing at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2007

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Three-time award winner Bunny Wailer, performing in 2009

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1996 award winner Shaggy, performing in 2006

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2001 award winner Beenie Man in 2008

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Two-time award winner Damian Marley, performing in 2008

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2003 award recipient Lee "Scratch" Perry, performing in 2008

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2004 award winner, Sean Paul

Year Performing artist(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1985 Black Uhuru Anthem [5]
1986 Cliff, JimmyJimmy Cliff Cliff Hanger [6]
1987 Steel Pulse Babylon the Bandit [7]
1988 Tosh, PeterPeter Tosh No Nuclear War [8]
1989 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Conscious Party [9]
1990 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers One Bright Day [10]
1991 Bunny Wailer Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley [11]
1992 Shabba Ranks As Raw As Ever [12]
1993 Shabba Ranks X-tra Naked [13]
1994 Inner Circle "Bad Boys" [14]
1995 Bunny Wailer Crucial! Roots Classics [15]
1996 Shaggy Boombastic [16]
1997 Bunny Wailer Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary [17]
1998 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Fallen Is Babylon [18]
1999 Sly and Robbie Friends [19]
2000 Burning Spear Calling Rastafari [20]
2001 Beenie Man Art and Life [21]
2002 Marley, DamianDamian Marley Halfway Tree [22]
2003 Perry, Lee "Scratch"Lee "Scratch" Perry Jamaican E.T. [23]
2004 Paul, SeanSean Paul Dutty Rock [24]
2005 Toots & the Maytals True Love [25]
2006 Marley, DamianDamian Marley Welcome to Jamrock [26]
2007 Marley, ZiggyZiggy Marley Love Is My Religion [27]
2008 Marley, StephenStephen Marley Mind Control [28]
2009 Burning Spear Jah Is Real [29]
2010 Marley, StephenStephen Marley Mind Control – Acoustic [30]
2011 Banton, BujuBuju Banton Before the Dawn [31]
2012 Stephen Marley Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life
2013 Jimmy Cliff Rebirth [32]
2014 Ziggy Marley In Concert
2015 Ziggy Marley Fly Rasta [33]

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Grammy Awards held that year.

2010 controversy

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2010 nominee and subject of controversy Buju Banton, performing in 2007

Buju Banton's (real name Mark Anthony Myrie) nomination for the 2010 award sparked controversy and protest due to homophobic lyrics within his music.[4][34] Banton's most controversial song, released in 1988, is "Boom, Bye Bye", which "promote[s] the murder of gay men by shooting or burning".[35] Following the artist's nomination, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center placed an advertisement in the Daily Variety encouraging Grammy officials to denounce music that "promotes or celebrates violence against any group of people".[4] The advertisement, which took the form of a letter signed by gay rights and civil rights activists, asserted that honoring Banton was awarding "extraordinary hateful work". The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences responded by insisting that artists are honored for quality music "regardless of politics". Banton has been quoted as saying that he sees "no end to the war" between himself and gay men.[4][36] The 2010 award was presented to Stephen Marley. Banton was nominated in 2011 for the album Before the Dawn.[31] Other reggae musicians that have been accused of promoting anti-gay lyrics include Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel, Shabba Ranks and Sizzla.[37][38]

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External links

  • Official site of the Grammy Awards
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