Sunday, 21 November 2010

GYPTIAN’s Moment: Is a Grammy nomination up next for the high-riding reggae crooner?

BIG WIN: Gyptian accepts his award for Best Reggae Artist at the recent Soul Train Awards in Atlanta. Is a Grammy next?

Radio hits? Check. A well-received latest album? Check. A Soul Train award for Best Reggae Artist? Check. Reggae singer Gyptian, whose fast-rising career is taking him international places, seems to be on a major roll these days. And with the announcement of the 2010 Grammy nominees for Best Reggae Album less than two weeks away (the noms are revealed December 1), many pundits are betting on the crooner to snag a nod for his VP Records release, Hold Yuh. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if he does; this is Gyptian’s moment and Hold Yuh is, actually, a very good album, one the best Jamaican releases of the year.

I’m not alone in my thoughts. “The chance is better for Gyptian because his music and videos are on rotation on US radio and TV,” shares Rhona Fox of VP, via email. “He just won the Soul Train Award this week. So he will most likely be a contender for the Grammy.” And what about other possible hopefuls like Romain Virgo, whose self-titled debut album was also very well-received. “Romain has yet to break out of the traditional reggae circuit whereas Gyptian is already on Billboard, etc.”

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