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Same Ting Again

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Grammy nominations for the 57th annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and once again, Ziggy Marley has been nominated in the Best Reggae Album category.

The announcements were made on Friday, just a few months before the actual awards show. Among the nominees in the Best Reggae Album category are Ziggy Marley for his Fly Rasta compilation; Lee Scratch Perry with Back on the Controls, Sean Paul with Full Frequency, Shaggy's Out of Many, One Music, SOJA's Amid the Noise and Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate's The Reggae Power.

Since the announcement, many have taken to social media to voice their opinions on the big announcement. Many social media users believe that the Grammy list for the Best Reggae Album category needs to be revisited as the same names keep reappearing every year. For example, two of the six nominees this year were also nominees last year - Ziggy Marley and Sly and Robbie - Marley eventually walked away with the award for his effort, Ziggy Marley In Concert. When he won the award last year, many believed that the win was based more on the power of his family name, rather than the music itself and his nomination again this year has only rehatched those arguments.

Marley popularity

Again, several individuals believe that the famous Marley name will triumph at the Grammys yet again and expressed their views: that it would be for the same reasons he won last year: popularity. Despite not being nominated for the award since 2012, Sean Paul and Shaggy were also put in the line of fire by social media users, who feel their albums were not good enough to deserve a nomination.

Social media users have been expressing their disappointment over the nomination list, saying that there are several other reggae artistes with outstanding albums who are much more deserving. Chronixx, Protege, Lutan Fyah, and Maxi Priest were among the artistes mentioned.

The 57th annual Grammy Awards show is scheduled for February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

- S.G.