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Reggae Historian Believes Ziggy Marley’s Grammy Awards Are “Undeserved”

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Written by StephanieK

According to Roger Steffens, a reggae historian and archivist, Ziggy Marley, who has won eight Grammys, should stop accepting the awards because they are “undeserved.” Instead, Steffens thinks that Marley should be saying that there are others who deserve the honors more than he does.

“If he (Ziggy Marley) is truly gracious, when he accepts it, he will announce that he will no longer accept a nomination for the award, so that others will have a chance to take home the trophy that he already has more than enough of. The award usually goes to the person with the most name recognition, and historically, any time the album is by a Marley, or a tribute to Bob Marley, it usually takes the prize,” Roger Steffens said.

Marley’s wife is on the Grammy board, and no Marley has experienced a rejection once nominated in the reggae category. Steffens predicted that Marley would take home his eighth Grammy says it is time for the musician to decline a nomination to the Best Reggae Album category to give others a chance to win. The award usually goes to the person with the most name recognition, and historically, any time the album is by a Marley, or a tribute to Bob Marley, it usually takes the prize,” Steffens said. Ziggy Marley won his ninth reggae Grammy at the 2017 awards ceremony, his third Best Reggae Album in the past five years, for the album “Ziggy Marley” on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label. Others nominated in the category were Devin Di Dakta & J.L for “Sly & Robbie Presents …Reggae for Her;” J Boog for “Rose Petals;” Raging Fyah for “Everlasting;” Rebelution for “Falling into Place;” and SOJA for “SOJA: Live in Virginia.”

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