Burning Spear, AKA Winston Rodney, OD, previously won a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2000 for his Calling Rastafari album. He’s been nominated for 10 other Grammy Awards, most recently last year’s award, but the 2007 Grammy award winner was Stephen Marley, for Mind Control.
Burning Spear is a roots reggae artiste in the classic sense, hailing from Jamaica and reknowned for the Rastafari messages of his music.
Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category for 2008 included:
- Elephant Man, for Let’s Get Physical, released by VP Records/Bad Boy
- Heavy D, for Vibes, released by Stride/Universal
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, for Repentance, released by Narnack Records
- Shaggy, for Intoxication, also released by VP Records
- Sly & Robbie, for Amazing, released by Fontana International
The Grammy Awards (a shortening of the original name, the “Gramophone Awards”) are presented annually by the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The Grammies were established in 1958 – this year was the 51st annual Grammy Awards.
Reggae Grammys have been awarded since 1985, when Black Uhuru was awarded the first Reggae Grammy for Anthem. At that time, and until 1991, it was officially the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording. Since then, it has become the Grammy award for the Best Reggae Album (Vocal or Instrumental).
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