Exploring The Reggae Field Nominees

Go inside the nominations in the Best Reggae Album category for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Ziggy Marley
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    Monty Alexander
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    Israel Vibration's Cecil "Skeleton" Spence
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    Stephen Marley
January 18, 2012 -- 4:43 pm PST

(For a complete list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

You've seen the list of nominees, now take a closer look at the artists nominated in the Reggae Field for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

This year's Reggae Field nominees comprise an eclectic group of veteran artists, and once again the Marley name comes to the fore. Two of Bob Marley's prolific progeny (and multi-GRAMMY winners themselves), Ziggy and Stephen Marley, are nominated once again. Reggae/poppop singer Shaggy, who won in this category in 1995, also celebrates a return to form. Longtime jazz pianist Monty Alexander, surely the elder statesman of the group, receives his first GRAMMY nomination, as does legendary harmony trio Israel Vibration.

Best Reggae Album

Jamaican piano legend Monty Alexander is represented via his jazz-inflected collection of reggae offerings, Harlem-Kingston Express Live!, which includes interpretations of Bob Marley standards such as "No Woman No Cry" and "The Heathen." Alexander's remarkable career spans nearly 50 years, including stints with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole, and Wynton Marsalis. Hailing from the classic era of '70s roots-reggae harmony trios, Israel Vibration return with their first album in four years, Reggae Knights. Cecil "Skeleton" Spence, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig and Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin overcame adversity — all three were afflicted with polio when they first met — to become one of the finest roots groups in Jamaica's history. The second eldest of Bob's musical clan, seven-time GRAMMY winner Stephen Marley returns with Revelation Pt. 1: The Root Of Life, a truly artistic revelation that displays a musical depth and spiritual maturity of which his father would surely be proud. Stephen has won Best Reggae Album four times in the last decade, most recently in 2009 for Mind Control — Acoustic. Five-time GRAMMY winner Ziggy Marley, Bob's eldest son, continues to echo his father's message on Wild And Free, his latest solo album produced by Don Was, and perhaps his most political yet. Ziggy won his most recent GRAMMY with Was in 2009 for Best Musical Album For Children for Family Time. Chart-topping artist Shaggy won Best Reggae Album for Boombastic in 1995, and most recently was nominated in 2008 for Intoxication. He is back with the catchy confection Summer In Kingston, which combines his signature vocal style with seductive dance-hall pop and reggae rhythm. 

Who will take home the award in the Reggae Field? Tune in to the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and airing live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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