Caribbean Grammy stars
Although our Bajan pop princess Rihanna was a no show at the recently held 58th annual Grammy Awards due to health concerns, the Caribbean still had much to celebrate.
Reggae group Morgan Heritage won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album for its album, Strictly Roots. The Jamaica-based group beat many strong contenders including Rocky Dawuni, nominated for “Branches of the Same Tree”; Jah Cure, for “The Cure”; Barrington Levy, for “Acoustica Levy” and Luciano for “Zion Awake.”
Immediately after winning, the group wrote on their social media sites: “Thank you to all of our fans and team that played a part of Strictly Roots Album. WE WON…YES RASTA.”
Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artiste Denroy Morgan, namely Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.
Trinidad and Tobago also made it to winners’ row somewhat as two Trinis were among groups that won awards.
Soca star, “Bunji Garlin” was listed on one of the winning albums – Best Dance/Electronic Album that went to Skrillex and Diplo for the album “Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U”.
That album includes songs featuring Justin Bieber, Missy Elliot and Garlin with “Jungle Bae”. He posted on Instagram after the announcement: “Congrats to my Diplo and Skrillex on their Grammy. Thanks so much for having me on the album with the other greats!!! #GRAMMY #2016 #JACKU”.
Rapper ‘Trinidad James’, whose real name is Nicholas Williams, was the other T&T artiste. He is listed as one of 11 writers of the song that won the Grammy for Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk”, performed by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.
The main hook of that song, “Don’t believe me, just watch”, was inspired by one of Trinidad James‘ songs, “All Gold Everything”.
Trinidad James receives eight per cent of the royalties of “Uptown Funk”.