The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held in 1959. The Best Reggae Album Award, originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording, the honor was presented to artists for eligible songs or albums. 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.
This year’s nominees are:
- Sting & Shaggy – This is the 39th nomination for Sting (but first nomination in the Reggae category) and the 6th for Shaggy. Sting, with The Police and as a solo act, has won 16 Grammys throughout his career. Shaggy won in 1996 with Boombastic.
- Etana – this is her first nomination. Prior to Etana, only three other female artists secured nominations for the reggae Grammy: Judy Mowatt in 1986 with Working Wonders, Rita Marley was nominated in 1992 for We Must Carry On, and Sister Carol in 1997 for Lyrically Potent.
- Protoje – first Grammy nomination.
- Black Uhuru – 9th nomination, including the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording category in 1982. Black Uhuru won the first reggae Grammy in 1985 with Anthem.
- Ziggy Marley – this year’s album Rebellion Rises gives Ziggy Marley his 13th nomination in the category. The eldest son of Bob Marley won 7 times: 3 times as a solo artist and 4 times as leader of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.
Five releases are nominated in the category BEST REGGAE ALBUM:
As The World Turns – Black Uhuru (released on 7.09.2018 by Black Uhuru Official)
Reggae Forever – Etana (released on 8.03.2018 by Tad’s Record)
Rebellion Rises – Ziggy Marley (released on 18.05.2018 by Sony Music Latin)
A Matter Of Time – Protoje (released on 18.05.2018 by Mr Bongo)
44/876 – Sting & Shaggy (released on 20.04.2018 by A&M Records, Interscope Records and Cherrytree Records)
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, honoring the best achievements from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, will be held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.