A year after reggae band, Soja, became the first Americans to win the Reggae Grammy, an all-Jamaican list of heavyweights will contend for the award.
The Best Reggae Album award nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards feature three previous winners, a previous nominee and a first-timer. Among the previous victors nominated for this award are Koffee for her debut LP, Sean Paul for his latest project, Scorcha, and Shaggy with Com Fly Wid Mi, a reggae adaptation of Frank Sinatra’s classics. Koffee won the award in 2020 for her Rapture EP. Sean Paul won for his 2002 album, Dutty Rock. Meanwhile, Shaggy twice captured the honor for Boombastic in 1996 and 44/876 in 2019.
Additionally, Protoje, nominated in 2019 for A Matter of Time, receives his second nod. The Indiggnation leader features for his recently-released LP, Third Time’s The Charm. The album features singles like Hills, Here Comes the Morning and Incient Stepping.
Rounding out this year’s nominees is Kabaka Pyramid, who notches his first nod for his album, The Kalling. Legendary reggae artiste and four-time Grammy winner, Damian Marley, produced the rapper-turned-reggae singer’s album. Singles off The Kalling include Red, Gold and Green with Kabaka and Marley, as well as the titular single featuring Stephen Marley, Jesse Royal and Protoje.
The 65th Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 5, 2023 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.