The quote of the day comes from Cristy Barber (VP Records) who states her opionion on the Reggae Grammy in an interview with Jesse Serwer (via LargeUp):
“For 25 years it seems the same people get nominated and win the award. It never reflects what’s going on. Everybody’s been grumbling about it for years. About four years ago I started to investigate it and found out we don’t have a lot of people in our genre that are actually voting. For the lack of a better analogy, [the typical voter] is a white guy from Minnesota and he’s looking at the list [of eligible albums] going, ‘Oh Mavado, Busy Signal, Beres Hammond, Etana, ooh Black Uhuru, I loved ‘em in ‘72.’ Click. He’s just going with people he knows. He doesn’t have a clue who Busy Signal or Mavado is.”
While I’m not the biggest VP fan, Barber’s definitely got a point here and she was just proofed right again at the 52nd Grammy awards which got down last Sunday:
Stephen Marley has won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for his acoustic version of the album ‘Mind Control.’ This original ‘Mind Control’ also won the same award back in 2008. (via Robbo Ranx).
Other nominees were: Buju Banton (“Rasta Got Soul”), Gregory Isaacs (“Brand New Me”), Julian Marley (“Awake”) and Sean Paul (“Imperial Blaze”). Pretty lame selection, eh?
This is how the nominations would have looked like if we were the jury:
Terry Lynn – Kingstonlogic 2.0
Jahdan Blakkamoore – Buzzrock Warrior
Santogold – Top Ranking
Major Lazer – Guns Don´t Kill People … Lazers Do
Dubblestandart & Lee Perry – Return From Planet Dub
What about you?