This year’s nominees – announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) – are The Cure by Jah Cure, Acousticalevy (Barrington Levy), Zion Awake (Luciano), Strictly Roots (Morgan Heritage), and Branches of The Same Tree by Ghanaian singer Rocky Dawuni.
Since the NARAS introduced the Best Reggae Album category (formerly known as Best Reggae Recording) in 1985, a Marley has been nominated on 17 occasions. They have won the category multiple times.
The Cure, released by VP Records in July, is the first nomination for Jah Cure. The album, which topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart on its release, has to date sold over 10,047 copies.
Acousticalevy is also Levy’s first nomination. The acoustic collection of his biggest hits was released by Doctor Dread Presents, an independent owned by Gary ‘Dr Dread’ Himelfarb of RAS Records fame.
Zion Awake is the second Grammy nomination for Luciano. The album was released by VPAL Music and has to date sold over 1,054 copies. Luciano’s previous Grammy nomination was in 2002 for A New Day.