Thursday, 6 December 2012

2013 GRAMMY NOMS: Sean Paul leads reggae contenders; Jay-Z and Kanye West earn most nods

GOING FOR GOLD: A field of veterans are up for the reggae Grammy.

In the wake of Wednesday’s announcements of the 2013 Grammy nominees, dancehall superstar Sean Paul has earned his fourth career nomination for Best Reggae Album for his summer release Tomahawk Technique (VP/Atlantic). Sean previously copped the big award back in 2003 for Dutty Rock, and was nominated again for 2006’s The Trinity and 2010’s Imperial Blaze

Rounding out the latest nominees: Jimmy Cliff for Rebirth (U Me/Sunpower); The Original Wailers for Miracle (MPG Recordings); Sly & Robbie for New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition (Mondo Tunes) and Toots & The Maytals for Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill (Metropolis Recordings). 

Meantime, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Fun, and Frank Ocean topped the overall nominations with six nods each. Kelly Clarkson received four nominations for her work – Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. For Album of the Year she is up against The Black Keys, Fun, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Jack White. 

All the big winners will be known come Feb. 10 when the 55th Grammy Awards go live on CBS, starting at 8pm. For a complete list of the nominees, go to

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1 comment:

  1. Jimmy Cliff will get it. The Reggae Grammys are so marginal (and especially, so irrelevant to Jamaica as most of the nominees have not lived here in decades) that I think it is hardly worth bothering.