With the staging of the 60th Grammy Awards drawing near, we thought we’d look back at some of years where the Reggae Grammy was won. While many know of the winners, we also want to look back at some of the nominees. Today we’ll look at the year 1992.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
To kick off the newly named “Best Reggae Album” category of the 1992 Grammy Awards, Reggae Band Black Uhuru were nominated for their 1991 Album, “Iron Storm”. This Album came during one of their many group changes, and it featured the singles “Trouble”, “Dance Hall Vibes”, and the title track.
2. Bunny Wailer – Gumption
The original Wailer Bunny Wailer received his 2nd Grammy nomination with his 1990 Album, “Gumption”. The Album consisted of 10 tracks, and featured his versions of singles like “Buss Dem Shut” (Bob Marley), “Dog War” (Toots And The Maytals), and “See And Blind” (Neville Livingston).
The Widow of the late Bob Marley, Rita Marley, got a major boost in her career when she received the Reggae Grammy nomination for her 1988 Album, “We Must Carry On”. This Album featured the hits “Who Colt The Game”, “I Know A Place” and “So Much Things To Say”.
The 8th studio Album “Victims” by UK Reggae Pop Band Steel Pulse, received a nomination in the “Best Reggae Album” category. This Album featured 14 tracks, and included the controversial “Taxi Driver” which sparked a lawsuit filed by the Band against the New York City Taxi & Limo Commission for discrimination.
Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers joined their mother Rita Marley as the other Marleys to receive Grammy nominations for their Album, “Jahmekya”. The Album consisted of 14 tracks, and featured the Billboard charting “Good Time”, and the singles “Small People”, “Rainbow Country” and “Kozmic”.
Shabba Ranks emerged victor as the first Dancehall Artist to win a Grammy for “Best Reggae Album” with the 1991 “As Raw As Ever”. The Album featured the hit “Trailer Load Of Girls”, and Shabba went on to have a 2 win Grammy streak ending the following year. The “Grammy Kid” made us proud.
Stay tuned for our next installment of “Road To The Reggae Grammy”!