2011 Grammy Best Reggae Album Nominees
The Nominees of the 2011 (53rd) ‘Best Reggae Album’ category were announced last night putting to rest speculation as to who would make the final listing. Curiosity is now directed at who will actually win.
The nominees this year is a nice blend or artistes, though a number of persons feel that the persons who vote for the albums in this category are out of touch with what is really driving the genre nowadays, that is for another discussion.
Buju Banton made the listing for his album Before The Dawn. A five time nominated singer songwriter, Buju drew the ire of gay groups such as GLAAD when he made the category with his album Rasta Got Soul, who felt that his lyrics reinforced homophobia (which stemmed from a song he did much earlier in his career at the height of youthful exuberance). Winning this year would no doubt be a vindication of his Rastafarian livity, especially given his legal troubles stemming from his on going drug case.
The next nominee is the cool ruler Gregory Isaacs & King Issac for his works on Isaacs Meets Isaac. If Isaacs were declared winner, he would be the only other artiste besides Bob Marley to have won posthumously. He recently succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 59 in London and was buried in Jamaica.
Also in this category is Lee “Scratch” Perry – Revelation (the eccentric musician and producer who back in 1973 built his infamous Black Ark studio to have more control over his works). Proving that age is just a number this is the 74 year old’s fifty-second solo album which is a strong contender for the Grammy, he could easily upset the lot.
Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang with their artistic compilation One Pop Reggae are no strangers to the category; with over 30 + years in the business they won the first Grammy in the Best Reggae Recording catergory as a part of Black Uhuru’s ground breaking album Anthem and there is no doubt that they could easily cop the award.
Son of a controversial and underrated yet successful Legend (Peter Tosh), Andrew Tosh – Legacy: An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh also made the cut. Delivered with simple honesty, his vocals reminds us all of how timeless, but effective his father’s songs are.
The final nominee is Bob Sinclar & Sly & Robbie for the Album – Made In Jamaica. Wanting to capture the real authentic sound of Jamaican music he went to the best of the best, none other than Sly & Robbie , to give the real live sound of Jamaican thumping basslines. Like the title says, it was MADE IN JAMAICA. Quite an accomplishment for the French producer who has his origins and specialty in house, funk and hip hop. Sinclar aka Le Friant, makes his debut in the category with his first reggae album and is currently is studio working on his next album.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on February 13, 2011, starting at 8 p.m EST.