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Reggae Grammy 2012 Nominees

Reggae Grammy 2012 Nominees

Reggae Grammy 2012 Nominees

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I'm still laughing.

The Grammy nominees for best reggae album have been announced. The proud nominees are Monty Alexander’s 'Harlem-Kingston Express Live!', Israel Vibration’s 'Reggae Knights', Stephen Marley’s 'Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life', Ziggy Marley’s 'Wild and Free' and Shaggy’s 'Summer in Kingston'.

Reggae Grammy 2012

As usual parts of the Marley family are nominated along with the usual odd choices.

To be a part of the Grammy nomination procedure you have to submit a physical copy of the recording to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). And once the work is entered it’s reviewed by more than 150 said to be experts from the recording industry. These experts then decide if the work is eligible or not.

The resulting list is circulated to all NARAS members, and they are the ones that make the final decision about the winner in each category. The Academy members are required to vote based upon quality alone. This means that they should not be influenced by the commercial success of an album, which is probably easier said than done.

I can’t say I have much trust in these experts nor the Academy members when it comes to reggae. However, it’s hard to be too critical since I have no idea what albums that actually have been submitted for selection.

The nominees that have been presented are pretty far away from my own list. I’d have added Alpheus and Takana Zion and their excellent albums. And if you would like more well-known artists you could check the albums from Sizzla, Richie Spice and Alborosie, who recently won the MOBO Award.

Last year I wrote that the Reggae Grammy is a joke, and I’m still laughing, even though I hope that this event will promote and highlight the real gems in reggae music.

The Grammy Awards 2012 will be held on 12 February in Los Angeles, and I hope – and I could also bet on it - that Stephen Marley walks home with a gramophone under his arm.

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Posted by Original Rootsman on 12.02.2011
It still is a joke. Israel Vibration's album is one of their worst albums they ever made. Monty Alexander and Shaggy ??? Are you kidding me ?? Shaggy is popmusic.. Bun Down Grammy Prices .. Big Joke to me...

Posted by MrQuick on 12.03.2011
Monty's album is pretty good.
IV, Shaggy suck big time.
The Marleys continue to put out crappy albums year in year out (ZM's album is not even "reggae" anymore).
Out of this list, I'd vote for Monty.
Alpheus is the best release in 2011.

Posted by dreader on 12.03.2011
Alright, I understand your points of view. But just listen to Stephen Marley's album once again... it's just awesome. It would be on my short list too :-)
But it's not good for such a versatile genre like reggae, when always the same name wins, that's true.
I don't know what you have against the Israel Vibration output. I like it a lot. It fits in well with the older albums. They'd deserve a grammy. Don't know if they ever won one?
Monty Alexander did a lot for the reggae-jazz fusion. He'd deserve to get more publicity for that.
Finally... you wrote how the procedure is. First you need to send your album to the grammy-dudes. So you need to have a management next to you, people who pushes you. That's why a horrible album like Shaggy's on the list too. I really don't know how many reggae artistes did that. I'm not sure if Sizzla sent a copy of his two outputs this year; and I'm quite sure that Takana Zion (great album!) and Alpheus didn't do that among others ;-) You cannot even buy the Alpheus album on iTunes in my country. So, enough said bout that.

Posted by Boemien on 12.05.2011
Can You by the way post your own list here????

Posted by rootsman on 12.05.2011
Dreader.. You are right bout the Steven Marley album. Thats a great album in the tradition his father used to do it. Personally I think after Apple left the group, things were never the same anymore for IV, they sound uninspired and with no power...Its just so sad to see so much artists and smaller labels with a real reggae hart not getting the attention they deserve..

Posted by romario on 12.09.2011
Shaggy album is GREAT SUGARCANE!!!

Posted by I-Rick on 12.10.2011

Anyone noticed how, in general, the specialized reggae media tend to year after year, talk about the Grammy call it odd, a joke, strange or commercially biased? Maybe the time as come to change things by not paying attention to it! (I believe it to be the best way for it eventually fade away as non-valid award...once it does not reflect the choices of what really matters: the fans opinion:)
As always, I invite you all to COME AND CHOOSE your favorites on the annual ZONAREGGAE RADIOSHOW BEST OF 2011 VOTING POLL:)

Posted by Loggie on 12.21.2011
I happen to like Monty's and Stephen Marley's album...Shaggy's album is lacking. I have this one album from a new singer Mystic Soul that I though was very very good, but that was not even mentioned. I guess you have to have lobbyist as one reader mentioned.

Posted by walkila on 02.14.2012
Great album from Stephen. He deserve to win. Big up respect.

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