Etana gets Reggae Grammy nomination, ending female drought
Reggae star Etana has ended the drought of female nominees, bagging a nomination for the Best Reggae album with her 'Reggae Forever' set.
"I feel honoured and truly grateful that an album created independently and supported by Tads Records has been recognized by such a prestigious organization as the Academy Awards group. I'm excited," Etana told Loop News.
The nominees in the 61st annual Grammy Awards were revealed yesterday. The list of nominees for the Best Reggae Album category are: Reggae Forever by Etana, 44/876 by Sting and Shaggy, A Matter of Time by Protoje, As the World Turns by Black Uhuru and Rebellion Rises by Ziggy Marley.
The awards will take place on Sunday, February 10 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.
Etana thanked a number of people who have contributed to her success.
"I could not have done it without Andre Morris, who always knew even when I didn’t; Tarrus Riley who’s always there cheering me on and pulling me up if I slow down, Gramps Morgan who believed in my latest independent project “Reggae Forever” album, Tads Records - both Tads Senior and Junior., all the musicians, vocalist, Jessie Addleman, Khambrel Mcpherson, and advice from Clive Hunt; when I thought my project was finished he sent me back to the board lol! Love him forever," Etana said.
She continued, "Tanya Stephens, Dean Pond, JVibe, Kirkle Dove, My mother who’s always for me and my girls no matter what, all my relatives and family members who put their all in, Keona Williams, Claude Mills, Heavy D, Anthony Sewell, Courtney MAC, all the the disc jockeys and my whole team. Thank you for your hard work!".
Despite the Awards having a rich legacy of Jamaican winners, none of those winners have been females.
Three decades of history in the Reggae Grammy category revealed that only three females have ever been nominated, none of them actually walking away with the award. The last female to walk away with a nomination was Sister Carol. She was nominated in 1997 for her album, Lyrically Potent. That was more than two decades ago.
This year's nominations is also marked by a significant inclusion, that of seminal band Black Uhuru, whose nomination is a landmark one given that the band won the first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for their album, Anthem, in 1985. Back then, the category was called Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording and it was presented to artistes for eligible songs or albums. In 1992, the name of the award was changed to Best Reggae Album.