The Jamaica Gleaner reports that reggae music icon Freddie McGregor is harshly critical of this year’s choices for Reggae Album of the Year, and has said that the selection committee is out of touch with what is really happening in reggae music.
McGregor called the reggae arm of the organisation that typically awards excellence in the music industry, “an embarrassment of indescribable magnitude to reggae music”.
This week, McGregor became the latest voice in a growing chorus of grumblings over the annual picks for best reggae album. The albums selected for reggae nominations have been harshly criticised in the past for being obscure and lackluster and for being out of touch with the core of the Jamaican reggae music reality. The albums selected for the 2017 award taking place on February 12, 2017 are from Devin Di Dakta, J Boog, Ziggy Marley, Raging Fyah, Rebelution and Soja.
In a statement issued this week, McGregor said, “When we allow non-Jamaicans to be the judge of our own Jamaican music, we have certainly lost it, and the reggae Grammy is officially a toy and a plaything for the West Coast of the United States.”
As it happens, some of the most talented iconic global legends of the reggae music industry like Freddie McGregor himself and Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Marcia Griffiths and Vybz Kartel, have never won a Grammy. Neither has a female solo reggae artist ever won the reggae Grammy. This year, McGregor’s critically acclaimed album, True to My Roots, failed to make the top six.
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