Countdown to the Grammys

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DEC 7TH,2012

THE National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is scheduled to announce its nominations for the 55th Grammy Awards today in Los Angeles.

In November, it released provisional lists for the various categories including 50 for Best Reggae Album.

That will eventually be cut to five or six nominees. The Grammys take place February 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Of the 50 reggae projects named, a total of 29 are from dancehall artistes.

Tad Dawkins of Tad’s International Record is pleased with the number of dancehall albums in the provisional list. According to him, “it means that the Grammy committee is now taking a more serious look into all genres of reggae music, to try and balance the selection. This is a great move!”

Among the dancehall albums in the draft are: Freedom Fighter (Anthony B), Reggae Music Again (Busy Signal), Krazy Love (Da’Ville), Diversity (Gentleman), Crying to the Nation (I Octane), Life Teachings (I Wayne), The Chant (Sizzla), The System (Romain Virgo), Mental Maintenance (Konshens), and Sweet Jamaica (Mr Vegas).

Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey and Krazy Love are both distributed by Tad’s who has a total of five albums in the provisional list.

Here is the provisional list for Best Reggae Album category.

Freedom Fighter

(Anthony B)

Dust and Dirt

(The Black Seeds)

Catch Me If You Can

(Sophia Brown)

Reggae Music Again

(Busy Signal)


(Jimmy Cliff)

The Invitation


Can’t Stop Loving You

(The Billy David Band)

Krazy Love


Easy Star’s Thrillah

(Easy Star All Stars)

Love and the Human Outreach

(Echo Movement)

Gimme What’s Mine

(Chantelle Ernandez)



Reggae Music Lives

(Gramps Morgan)

Ways and Means

(The Green)

Building an Ark


Crying to The Nation


Life Teachings


In Another Time

(Irie Time)

From Letters to Words

(Courtney John)

Mental Maintenance


Dancing Shoes


Electro Shock Therapy

(MC Zulu)

In Awe


Sweet Jamaica

(Mr Vegas)


(The Original Wailers)

Tomahawk Technique

(Sean Paul)

Journey of 1000 Miles

(Perfect Giddimani)

Plays The Ventures

(Dwight Pinkney and DP Band)

Break Loose


No Fear No Man

(Anthony Que)


(Ram Ramakar)

The Next Chapter

(Delly Ranx)

Peace of Mind



(Bunny Rugs)

Warrior of Jah Army

(Singer Jah)

They Call Me Mr Melody

(Singing Melody)

The Chant


In Gambia


New Legend — Jamaica 50th Edition

(Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters)

Strength to Survive


Children of Humboldt

(Jade Steel and Emerald Triangle)

Judge Not


Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill

(Toots and The Maytals)

The Hit List Vol III

(Various Artistes)

Jah Golden Throne

(Various Artisets)

Overproof Riddim — Full Strength

(Various Artistes)

Reggae Gold 2012

(Various Artistes)

The Ultimate 2012

(Various Artistes)

The System

(Romain Virgo)

Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey

(Vybz Kartel)

Tell Me How Me Sound

(Warrior King)


(Glen Washington)

Land Of The Free

(Martin Zobel and Soulrise)

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