Morgan Heritage at 2016 Grammy Awards for Grammys article
Morgan Heritage at 2016 Grammy Awards.

Caribbean artists who won Grammys

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.


January 2017

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