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 1985, which was the first time that a Grammy was awarded for the Reggae category.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
Before the “Best Reggae Album” Grammy, there was the “Best Reggae Recording” category. This category was open to both singles and albums before officially switching to the album only format in 1992. Jimmy Cliff’s hit single “Reggae Night” was thrown into the running. The single was produced by Amir Bayyan, Jim Bonnefond, and Ronald Bell, and was written by Bayyan and La Toya Jackson. This single was also featured on the Artist’s 1983 Album, “The Power And The Glory”. It went on to be one of Cliff’s biggest hits.
Another single that was considered for a Grammy award was UK Reggae Band Steel Pulse’s “Steppin’ Out”! This was produced by the Band along with Jimmy “Senyah” Haynes, and Del Newman, and written by lead vocalist David Hines. The single was also featured on their 1984 Album, “Earth Crisis”, and went on to be a favourite among fans.