Morgan Heritage Wins Their First Grammy For Best Reggae Album

Reggae band Morgan Heritage has won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album ‘Strickly Roots,’ their tenth studio album, which was released on April 20, 2015. See video below.

Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission following the 58th Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This marks their first nomination and first Grammy after 20 years in the music business.

The band, who have established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, said, “Jamaica, we are proud to represent the country music and culture stand up Jamaica.”

Last December, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the Best Reggae Album category, naming Jah Cure’s The Cure, Barrington Levy’s Acousticalevy, Luciano’s Zion Awake, Morgan Heritage’s Strictly Roots, and Rocky Dawuni’s Branches of The Same Tree.

Strictly Roots’ features a wide variety of guest performers including platinum-selling pop/dancehall phenomenon, Shaggy; American reggae and R&B vocalist, J Boog; third generation ambassadors from the Morgan and Marley families, Jemere Morgan and Jo Mersa Marley; reggae sensation, Chronixx; rock, world and reggae band, Rebelution; and Bumble Bee from the American Grammy-nominated pop reggae band, SOJA.

This also marks the first nomination for Jah Cure, and Barrington Levy. However, a lot of reggae fans were expecting Jah Cure to take home the coveted award for his latest body of work released in July 2015. The album returned to the number one spot on Billboard Reggae Album charts following the announcement of his Grammy nomination in December of 2015, 26 weeks after the album made its debut at #1.

This is the second nomination for Luciano. He was first nominated in 2002 for his album A New Day but that year Damian Marley’s Halfway Tree won. Jamaican artistes have been presented with the award more than any other nationality in the Grammy’ history since 1985.

However, since the year 2000 the winners were: Beenie Man‘s Art and Life (2001), Damian Marley‘s Halfway Tree (2002), Lee “Scratch” Perry  Jamaican E.T. (2003), Sean Paul‘s Dutty Rock (2004), Toots & the Maytals’ True Love (2005), Damian Marley‘s Welcome to Jamrock (2006), Ziggy Marley‘s Love Is My Religion (2007), Stephen Marley‘s Mind Control (2008), Burning Spear‘s Jah Is Real (2009), Stephen Marley‘s Mind Control – Acoustic (2010), Buju Banton‘s Before the Dawn (2011), Stephen Marley‘s Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life (2012), Jimmy Cliff‘s Rebirth (2013), Ziggy Marley‘s In Concert (2014) and in 2015 with Fly Rasta.

Stephen Marley holds the record for the most wins in this category, with six wins total (three times as a member of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers). Similarly, Ziggy Marley has been presented the award four times total, three times as the leader of his eponymous band. Bunny Wailer has received the award three times, and two-time recipients include Burning Spear, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks.

Five days prior to the Grammys, Jah Cure deleted all his photos from Instagram and unfollowed his friends and team to make space for the Grammy and Grammy pictures.