It's Ziggy! - Artiste wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley is the winner of the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. The announcement was made at the 59th staging of the annual awards last night in Los Angeles.
Marley copped his fourth solo win for his self-titled album, Ziggy Marley. This is Marley's seventh overall win in the Reggae category. He won back-to-back awards in the category in 2014 and 2015. Marley also has three awards from his time as part of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.
Marley walked up to the podium to collect his award accompanied by his children shortly after performing Amen - a song from the winning album. In his acceptance speech, Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, urged musicians to create music with meaningful messages, citing music as a powerful tool that can change the world and should, therefore, be used wisely. He went on to thank those in the genre who went before him for setting a solid foundation.
In a post to his official Instagram account shortly after the announcement, Marley thanked the Recording Academy for the honour and encouraged his fellow reggae artistes to keep reggae "alive and well".
Other nominees in the category for Best Reggae Album were Devin Di Dakta & J.L. for Sly & Robbie Presents ... Reggae for Her; J Boog for Rose Petals; Raging Fyah for Everlasting; Rebelution for their album Falling into Place; and SOJA for SOJA: Live in Virginia.