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. To close off our series, today we’ll look at the year 2004.
The early 2000’s saw a wave of Dancehall/Reggae Music crossing over on to the American music scene. Buju Banton was one of the Artists recognized during that time when his 2003 Album “Friends For Life” received a Grammy nomination. Featuring a whopping 19 tracks, it included the Nadine Sutherland assisted “What Am I Gonna Do”, “Sha La La”, and “Mr. Nine”.
The legendary Burning Spear brought along his message music in the 2000s and it showed people were receiving it when his 2003 Album “Freeman” got a Grammy nomination. Consisting of 12 tracks, it included “Hey Dready”, “Old School”, and “We Feel It”.
You couldn’t deny the “Controlla” single in 2016. From what started as a leak has become a single that blew up everywhere! Created by Drake (duh!), this was a single to boost the anticipation of his 4th album, “Views“. Of course when it comes to hit songs, there will be remixes, covers, and clones (lol Tyga). While we won’t get into the other story/controversy with “Controlla” (maybe next time, Mr. Vegas), we’ll recruit 4 very popular versions in a Battle Royale! Up for Battle are Drake (Original), Popcaan (Featured on leak/suggested to be a Remix although edited versions created waves), Royal Blu (Who garnered an underground following for his version), and Tory Lanez (Who has recently revealed his own Canadian/Jamaican Dancehall styled version). Voting for the tracks are below, let’s get ready to battle!
Dancehall beefs/clashes are fallouts between popular artistes (Even Companies/Groups are joining in the fun) resulting in lyrical confrontations, and fans choosing sides adding more fuel to the fire between parties. Sometimes these matters are handled on the stage (for example Sting), the streets with the help of gangs or even lawsuits in court. Do you have any favourite clashes/beefs? Many of them have made their way on to mix cds, radio stations, and even Youtube and becoming major hits worldwide. Many careers started and ended through clashes/beefs. After thinking about the most famous (and necessary) beefs, I put together a poll below for you to vote for the best ones. If I missed any please let me know in the comments section.