Jamaican Music

Full List of Every Jamaican Who Have Been Nominated for a Grammy Award

Jamaican artists have consistently shined in the Grammy Awards, particularly in the Best Reggae Album category. This category has become a showcase of Jamaica’s rich musical heritage, featuring artists who have pushed the boundaries of reggae and brought global recognition to the genre. Let’s have a closer look at these Jamaican Grammy nominees and winners, their landmark albums or songs, the year of their achievement, and their groundbreaking contributions to music:

Black Uhuru – “Anthem” (1985): First-ever Grammy win in the newly introduced Best Reggae Recording category.

Also Nominated In 1985

Jimmy Cliff – “Reggae Night”

Peter Tosh – Captured Live

Yellowman – King Yellowman

Jimmy Cliff – “Cliff Hanger” (1986): Won the Grammy, showcasing the enduring influence of reggae music. 

Also Nominated in 1986

Burning Spear – “Resistance”

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Play the Game Right”

 Nominated In 1987

Black Uhuru – “Brutal”

Jimmy Cliff – Club Paradise

Peter Tosh – “No Nuclear War” (1988): A posthumous honor, this award commemorated the legendary Tosh’s lasting impact on reggae music, recognizing his final studio album.

Also Nominated In 1988

Black Uhuru – Brutal Dub

Burning Spear – “People of the World”

Third World – Hold On to Love

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Conscious Party” (1989) : Continued Bob Marley’s legacy with Grammy wins for their albums

Also Nominated In 1989

Jimmy Cliff – “Hanging Fire”

Toots Hibbert – “Toots in Memphis”

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “One Bright Day”(1990): First group to ever win two consecutive Grammys in the category

Also Nominated In 1990

Bunny Wailer – “Liberation”

Burning Spear – “Live in Paris Zenith ’88”

Third World – “Serious Business”

Bunny Wailer – “Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley” (1991): This win underscored Bunny Wailer’s role in preserving Bob Marley’s legacy, through an album that paid homage to his former bandmate and friend.

Also Nominated In 1991

Black Uhuru – “Now”

Burning Spear – “Mek We Dweet”

Toots & the Maytals – An Hour Live

Shabba Ranks – “As Raw As Ever” (1992):  Shabba Ranks’ win showcased the growing international appeal of dancehall, a subgenre of reggae.

Also Nominated In 1992

Black Uhuru – “Iron Storm”

Bunny Wailer – “Gumption”

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Jahmekya”

Shabba Ranks – “X-tra Naked” (1993): With this win, he brought dancehall music to international prominence.

Also Nominated In 1993

Jimmy Cliff – Breakout

The Wailing Souls – All Over the World

Third World – Committed

Inner Circle – “Bad Boys” (1994): This win was a testament to Inner Circle’s crossover success, especially with the iconic title track becoming synonymous with the TV show “Cops,” introducing reggae beats to a broad audience.

Also Nominated In 1994

Black Uhuru – “Mystical Truth”

Burning Spear – “The World Should Know”

Maxi Priest – “Fe Real”

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Joy and Blues”

Bunny Wailer – “Crucial! Roots Classics” (1995): Bunny Wailer’s win here was a celebration of his foundational contributions to reggae through the revisiting classic roots reggae tracks..

Also Nominated In 1995

Black Uhuru – “Strongg”

Dennis Brown – Light My Fire

Inner Circle – Reggae Dancer​

Shaggy – “Boombastic” (1996): His Grammy win signified the crossover appeal of Jamaican music.

Also Nominated In 1996

Burning Spear – “Rasta Business”

The Skatalites – Hi-Bop Ska! The 30th Anniversary Recording

Third World – Live It Up

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Free Like We Want 2 B”

Bunny Wailer – “Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary” (1997): This Grammy acknowledged Bunny Wailer’s dedication to keeping Bob Marley’s spirit alive, offering a heartfelt tribute to his former bandmate and reggae legend.

Also Nominated In 1997

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Cool

Maxi Priest – Man with the Fun

The Skatalites – Greetings from Skamania

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – “Fallen Is Babylon” (1998):This win reflected the successful evolution of Marley’s legacy by his children, blending traditional reggae roots with contemporary sounds.

Also Nominated In 1998

Burning Spear – “Appointment with His Majesty”

Yellowman – Freedom of Speech

Sly and Robbie – “Friends” (1999) : Recognized for their extraordinary impact on reggae and beyond, Sly and Robbie’s win celebrated their prowess as musicians and producers.

Also Nominated In 1999

Buju Banton – “Inna Heights”

Beenie Man – Many Moods of Moses

The Wailing Souls – Psychedelic Souls

Toots & the Maytals – Ska Father

Burning Spear – “Calling Rastafari” (2000): Celebrated for his deep spiritual and political reggae themes with this win.

Also Nominated In 2000

Beenie Man – The Doctor

Third World – Generation Coming

Beenie Man – “Art and Life” (2001): His Grammy win signified dancehall’s rising global popularity.

Also Nominated In 2001

Dennis Brown – Let Me Be the One

Gregory Isaacs – Private & Confidential

The Wailing Souls – Equality

Damian Marley – “Halfway Tree” (2002): Damian’s win marked the blending of dancehall and traditional reggae, establishing him as a distinct voice in the Marley legacy.

Also Nominated In 2002

Beres Hammond – Music Is Life

Luciano – “A New Day”

Ky-Mani Marley – “Many More Roads”

Various artists – Island Warriors

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Jamaican E.T.” (2003): This win acknowledged his pioneering role in developing dub music.

Also Nominated In 2003

Bounty Killer – Ghetto Dictionary: The Mystery

Capleton – Still Blazin’

Freddie McGregor – Anything for You

Sean Paul – “Dutty Rock” (2004): His Grammy win marked a high point in dancehall music’s global appeal.

Also Nominated In 2004

Buju Banton – Friends for Life

Burning Spear – “Free Man”

Third World – Ain’t Givin’ Up

Wayne Wonder – “No Holding Back”

Toots and the Maytals – “True Love” (2005): Won the Grammy, celebrated for popularizing reggae worldwide.

Also Nominated in 2005

Jimmy Cliff – Black Magic

Sly and Robbie – The Dub Revolutionaries

Various artists – Def Jamaica

Damian Marley – “Welcome to Jamrock” (2006): His fusion of traditional reggae with modern sounds won him this Grammy

Also Nominated in 2006

Burning Spear – “Our Music”

Sean Paul – “The Trinity”

Shaggy – “Clothes Drop”

Third World – Black Gold & Green

Ziggy Marley – “Love Is My Religion” (2007): This album’s Grammy win showcased Ziggy Marley’s versatility and ability to infuse reggae music with a message of love and spirituality.

Also Nominated in 2007

Buju Banton – “Too Bad”

Sly and Robbie – “Rhythm Doubles”

Stephen Marley – “Mind Control” (2008): Continued the Marley family’s legacy, earning Grammys for his unique contributions to reggae.

Also Nominated in 2008

Burning Spear – “The Burning Spear Experience”

Lee “Scratch” Perry – The End of an American Dream

Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang – Anniversary

Toots and the Maytals – Light Your Light

Burning Spear – “Jah Is Real” (2009): A recognition of Burning Spear’s persistent relevance in reggae, this award highlighted his deep roots in the genre’s traditional sounds.

Also Nominated in 2009

Elephant Man – “Let’s Get Physical”

Heavy D – “Vibes”

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Repentance”

Shaggy – “Intoxication”

Sly and Robbie – Amazing

Stephen Marley – “Mind Control” – Acoustic (2010): This win spotlighted Stephen Marley’s skill in acoustic arrangements, showcasing his versatility and depth as an artist.

Also Nominated in 2010

Buju Banton – “Rasta Got Soul”

Gregory Isaacs – Brand New Me

Julian Marley – “Awake”

Sean Paul – “Imperial Blaze”

Buju Banton – “Before the Dawn” (2011):  An emotive and powerful work, this Grammy win was a significant acknowledgment of Buju Banton’s artistry amidst personal and legal challenges.

Also Nominated in 2011

Gregory Isaacs and King Isaac – Isaacs Meets Isaac

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Revelation

Bob Sinclar and Sly and Robbie – Made in Jamaica

Sly and Robbie and the Family Taxi – One Pop Reggae +

Andrew Tosh – Legacy: An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh

Stephen Marley – “Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life” (2012): Stephen’s Grammy for this album underlined his innovative approach to reggae, blending traditional rhythms with contemporary themes.

Also Nominated in 2012

Monty Alexander – Harlem-Kingston Express Live!

Israel Vibration – Reggae Knights

Ziggy Marley – “Wild and Free”

Shaggy – “Summer in Kingston”

Jimmy Cliff – “Rebirth” (2013): This Grammy celebrated Jimmy Cliff’s remarkable comeback, proving his timeless appeal and ongoing relevance in reggae music.

Also Nominated in 2013

Sean Paul – Tomahawk Technique

Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters – New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition

Toots and the Maytals – Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill

Ziggy Marley – “In Concert” (2014): Ziggy Marley’s Grammy for this live album highlighted his captivating performance abilities and the dynamic energy of his concerts.

Also Nominated in 2014

Beres Hammond – “One Love, One Life”

Sizzla – The Messiah

Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters – Reggae Connection

Ziggy Marley – “Fly Rasta” (2015): This win showcased Ziggy’s ability to blend diverse musical influences with his reggae roots, creating a globally resonant sound.

Also Nominated In 2015

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Back on the Controls

Sean Paul – “Full Frequency”

Shaggy – Out of Many, One Music

Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate – The Reggae Power   

Morgan Heritage – “Strictly Roots” (2016): The Grammy for this album recognized Morgan Heritage’s role in keeping reggae’s roots alive while integrating modern musical elements

Also Nominated In 2016

Jah Cure – “The Cure”

Barrington Levy – “Acousticalevy”

Luciano – “Zion Awake”

Ziggy Marley – “Ziggy Marley” (2017): Ziggy’s self-titled album’s Grammy win was a testament to his personal and musical growth, exploring themes beyond the traditional reggae scope.

Also Nominated in 2017

Devin Di Dakta & J.L – “Sly & Robbie” Presents…Reggae For Her

Raging Fyah – Everlasting

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Stony Hill” (2018): Their Grammy win highlighted the evolution of reggae music.

Also Nominated in 2018

Chronixx – “Chronology”

Morgan Heritage – Avrakedabra

Sting & Shaggy – “44/876” (2019): This collaborative Grammy win celebrated the fusion of Sting’s rock/pop background with Shaggy’s reggae/dancehall influence, creating a unique and refreshing sound.

Also Nominated In 2019

Black Uhuru – As The World Turns

Etana – Reggae Forever

Ziggy Marley – Rebellion Rises

Protoje – A Matter of Time

Koffee – “Rapture” (2020): Became the youngest Jamaican artist to win a Grammy, symbolizing a new era in reggae.

Also Nominated in 2020

Julian Marley – As I Am

Sly and Robbie & the Roots Radics – The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics

Third World – More Work to Be Done

Toots and the Maytals – “Got to Be Tough”: (2021): Toots Hibbert’s posthumous Grammy win for this album was a poignant tribute to his lasting legacy and influence in the world of reggae.

Also Nominated in 2021

Buju Banton – Upside Down 2020

Skip Marley – Higher Place

Maxi Priest – It All Comes Back To Love

The Wailers – One World

Also Nominated in 2022

Etana – Pamoja

Gramps Morgan – Positive Vibration

Sean Paul – “Live N Livin”

Jesse Royal – Royal

Spice – “10”

Kabaka Pyramid – “THE Kalling” (2023): His win signals ongoing innovation in Jamaican music this was his first ever nomination

Also Nominated This Year:

Koffee – “Gifted”

Sean Paul – “Scorcha”

Protoje – Third Time’s The Charm

Shaggy – “Com Fly Wid Mi”

2024 Reggae Grammy Nominees

The Recording Academy has revealed its nominees for the Best Reggae Album category. Among the contenders are four renowned Jamaican entertainers – Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Burning Spear and Julian Marley. Collie Buddz have also been nominated for his work “Cali Roots Riddim 2023.”  This is Beenie Man’s fourth nomination with the album “Simma,” and Buju Banton’s “Born for Greatness” entry. Veteran reggae artist Burning Spear secures his 13th nomination with “Destroyer,” and Julian Marley for “Colors of Royal”,  his collaboration with Antaeus.  The final voting round is set between December 14, 2023, and January 4, 2024, with the winners to be announced at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles during the Grammy Awards ceremony on February 4, 2024. The event will be broadcast on CBS and Paramount+, preceded by the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony.

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