In a recent show of support, dancehall legend Bounty Killer has endorsed the contenders for this year’s Grammy for Best Reggae Album. On November 13, he took to social media to express his enthusiasm for the selected nominees, declaring, “This is a worthy selection for the Reggae category. Congratulations to all the nominees – let’s go, folks.”
The nominees for the prestigious award include reggae icons Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Collie Buddz, Burning Spear, and Julian Marley. This diverse group of artists represents the rich tapestry of the reggae genre, competing for top honors at the upcoming 66th annual Grammy Awards.
Reacting to their nominations, the entertainers have shared their sentiments on social media. Buju Banton, celebrating his eighth Grammy nomination for ‘Born For Greatness’, shared his gratitude on Instagram: “My only joy is in sharing this gift with the universe. I am always humbled.” Meanwhile, Beenie Man, nominated for his fourth Grammy for ‘SIMMA’, expressed his deep gratitude for the recognition. “This nomination is a testament to our incredible musical journey,” he stated.
First-time nominee Collie Buddz, nominated for ‘Cali Roots Riddim 2023’, expressed his surprise and delight, stating, “Wow! Very unexpected,” on his Instagram account.
Julian Marley, yet to win a Grammy, has secured his third nomination with his album ‘Colours of Royal’. Burning Spear, a two-time Grammy winner, has been nominated for his 13th Grammy for ‘No Destroyer’. He previously won the Best Reggae Album category in 1999 for ‘Calling Rastafari’ and in 2008 for ‘Jah Is Real’.
The Recording Academy recently announced over 94 category nominees, setting the stage for the 66th annual Grammy Awards scheduled for February 4, 2024, in Los Angeles. This event promises to be a celebration of musical diversity and excellence, particularly in the vibrant world of reggae.