So the time has come for the much discussed Grammy nominations and yesterday the nominations for the 56th Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy.
Jay Z tops the nominations with nine; Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell Williams each garner seven nods.
For the reggae genre, five artists fight for the lustrous award – Beres Hammond and his double disc One Love, One Life, Ziggy Marley and his live album Ziggy Marley in Concert, Sizzla and his The Messiah, Sly & Robbie and their Reggae Connection and Snoop Lion – as Snoop Dogg labeled himself at the time – Reincarnated.
Pick of the bunch is by no competition Beres Hammond. Second, and far from the top spot, is the surprisingly strong Reincarnated.
As usual I would have presented a rather different list of nominations, and I’m not surprised a Marley had to be thrown into the list. But for the bigger artist albums of the year I’m surprised that Etana’s Better Tomorrow and Shaggy & Sly & Robbie’s Out of Many, One Music did not make the final cut.
The Grammy process this time registered more than 22,000 submissions over a 12-month period ranging from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014.
About two years ago I wrote a serie of articles about reggae mash-ups, i.e. songs with a non-reggae a cappella set to a riddim.
Among the people I interviewed were French production duo Bost & Bim. They had just released the third edition of their Yankees A Yard mixtape series, a series where they mostly use hip-hop and R&B vocals and put it over self-produced riddims.
Now they’ve put out the third compilation in another series – The Bombing. The Bombing collects a number of the mash-ups utilized on the Yankees A Yard mixtapes, but this time in its full-length version.
The Bombing Vol. 3 hosts twelve cuts and vocalists such as Justin Timberlake, Pink and Usher with their club bangers My Love, Get This Party Started and Love in This Club.
The vocals fit perfectly to Bost & Bim’s bubbling, pulsating and bouncy riddims.
With the Yankees A Yard and The Bombing series Bost & Bim have managed to captivate the spirit of both reggae and hip-hop, and hopefully this Trojan horse strategy helps to spread reggae to a wider audience.