Nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards will be announced tomorrow. For the past three years, the Jamaica Observer has correctly predicted 80 per cent of the nominees in the Best Reggae Album category.
Today, we continue the trend and predict the category may feature five nominees. They include Morgan Heritage ( Avrakedabra), Sizzla ( I'm Yours), Lee Scratch Perry ( Super Ape Returns to Conquer), Chronixx ( Chronology) and Damian Marley ( Stony Hill).
Released in May of this year, Avrakedabra could give sibling band Morgan Heritage its second nomination following the group's win in 2015 for Strictly Roots.
Avrakedabra reached number three on Billboard's Reggae album chart on June 10. The 15-track set features collaborations with Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Drezion, R City, Bunny Rugs, Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island and Mr. Talkbox. The set has to date sold 1,900 copies in the United States.
Sizzla's sole Grammy nomination came in 2014 for The Messiah. I'm Yours, released on August 11 via FX Music Group, was produced JonFX. It contains 11 tracks and has so far peaked at number two on the Billboard Reggae album chart, Sizzla's highest position on the chart. It has so far sold 2,173 copies.
Legendary producer Lee "Scratch" Perry has been nominated on four previous occasions but has only won the award once. His latest effort Super Ape Returns to Conquer: Lee 'Scratch' Perry + Subatomic Sound System, was released on September 22. It peaked at number five on the Billboard chart on October 14.
His first full-length project Chronology opened at number one on the Billboard Reggae album chart on July 29. Chronixx is expected to bag his first nomination with this 16-track set, which was released by Chronixx Music Group under exclusive license to Virgin EMI Records.
Chronology has been a disappointing seller having moved only 5,407 copies to date.
Damian Marley has won the Best Reggae album category twice. He did it in 2002 with Half Way Tree again in 2006 with Welcome to Jamrock. He's aiming for his third Best Reggae album nomination with Stony Hill, a set which debuted at number one on the Billboard chart on August 12.
Stony Hill features collaborations with Big Youth, Stephen Marley, and Major Myjah. It has to date sold over 15,291 copies.
Hawaiian reggae artiste J Boog, who was nominated last year for the EP Rose Petals, could be nominee with his latest effort Wash House Ting which topped the Billboard Reggae chart.
Another project that could possibly end up on the nomination table is A Reggae Alliance. The 11-track set released in September, features production by Sly and Robbie and collaborations with former Digicel Rising Star alums JL and Delando Colley, and 2015 Magnum King of the Dancehall winner Devin Di Dakta.