The 66th Grammy Awards are set to sparkle with reggae brilliance as icons Beenie Man, Buju Banton, and Burning Spear headline the Best Reggae Album nominees. Joining this illustrious list are Collie Buddz, Julian Marley, and Antaeus, each bringing their unique flavors to this prestigious category.
Beenie Man, a familiar name in Grammy circles, secures his fourth nomination with “Simma.” This album, his 17th studio release, boasts an array of star-studded collaborations including Shaggy, Sean Paul, and international artists Stonebwoy and Mya. “Simma” is a testament to Beenie Man’s enduring appeal, following his previous win in 2001 for “Art and Life.”
Buju Banton, not far behind, marks a strong comeback with “Born For Greatness,” his 12th studio album. This 17-track collection, released on September 8, arrives three years after his last Grammy nod in 2020, showcasing Banton’s relentless drive and artistic evolution.
Burning Spear, a legendary figure in reggae, earns his 13th nomination with “Destroyer.” Having already bagged two Grammy wins, including one for “Jah Is Real” over a decade ago, Spear remains a formidable force in the genre.
Julian Marley and Antaeus, along with Collie Buddz, round out the nominations with their albums “Colors of Royal” and “Cali Roots Riddim 2023.” These fresh offerings highlight the genre’s dynamic range and the diverse talents within it.
As anticipation builds, the final round of voting is slated for December 14, 2023, to January 4, 2024. The winners will be revealed in a star-studded ceremony on February 4, 2024, at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Fans can catch the excitement live on CBS and Paramount+, with the annual Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony kicking off the festivities. This year’s Grammy race promises to be a thrilling showcase of reggae’s finest, each vying for the coveted title in a testament to the genre’s enduring global impact and vibrancy.