Every year the world recognizes the achievements of musical performing artists with the annual Grammy awards ceremony. Fondly referred to as the Grammys the process of winning one is long.
Representing the Caribbean
The Caribbean has always been represented at the Grammys. Rihanna’s single “Work” featuring Drake has received nominations for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Grammy nominees for Best Reggae Album include the island’s emerging artists like Raging Fyah and Devin Di Dakta & J.L. as well as Ziggy Marley and Sly & Robbie.
Steven Michael Marsden (Lenky), who helped write Tanto Metro & Devonte’s “Everyone Falls In Love holds a Best R&B Song nod for Tory Lanez’ “Luv” since the track’s hook uses a piece of the 1998 reggae anthem. Also, Drake’s Views, which earned an Album Of The Year nomination, is heavy with the island’s influence sampling Beenie Man‘s 1995 song “Tear Off Mi Garment” on “Controlla”and Mavado’s 2006 hit “Dying” featuring Serani on “9.”
The process begins with members and record companies submitting entries which are then screened for eligibility and category placement. The Academy’s voting members, all involved in the creative and technical processes of recording, then participate in the nominating process that determines the five finalists in each category; and the final voting process which determines the Grammy winners.
Final-round ballots are sent to voting members in good dues standing. The finalists determined by the special nominating committees are also included in this ballot.
In this final round, Recording Academy members may vote in up to 15 categories in the genre fields plus the four categories of the General Field (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.) Ballots again are tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Deloitte.
Here is a list of Caribbean artists that have won Grammys and the work for which they won it:
1985 Black Uhuru Anthem
1986 Jimmy Cliff Cliff Hanger
1987 Steel Pulse Babylon the Bandit
1988 Peter Tosh No Nuclear War
1989 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Conscious Party
1990 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers One Bright Day
1991 Bunny Wailer Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley
1992 Shabba Ranks As Raw As Ever
1993 Shabba Ranks X-tra Naked
1994 Inner Circle “Bad Boys”
1995 Bunny Wailer Crucial! Roots Classics
1996 Shaggy Boombastic
1997 Bunny Wailer Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary
1998 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Fallen Is Babylon
1999 Sly and Robbie Friends
2000 Burning Spear Calling Rastafari
2001 Beenie Man Art and Life
2002 Damian Marley Halfway Tree
2003 Lee “Scratch” Perry Jamaican E.T.
2004 Sean Paul Dutty Rock
2005 Toots & the Maytals True Love
2006 Damian Marley Welcome to Jamrock
2007 Ziggy Marley Love Is My Religion
2008 Stephen Marley Mind Control
2009 Burning Spear Jah Is Real
2010 Stephen Marley Mind Control – Acoustic
2011 Buju Banton Before the Dawn
2012 Stephen Marley Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life
2013 Jimmy Cliff Rebirth
2014 Ziggy Marley In Concert
2015 Ziggy Marley Fly Rasta
2016 Morgan Heritage Strictly Roots
2016 Honorable mentions, Bunji Garlin as a contributor on Best Dance/Electronic Album “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U”, by Skrillex and Diplo.
‘Trinidad James’, a T&T national, is listed as one of eleven writers of the song that won the Grammy for Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
Courtesy NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES, INC.
January 2017 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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