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Tired of Reggae Grammy complaints

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Every year, I can expect the same tune to play after the Grammy Award nominations are released. It is quite old. I've learnt over the years that the Grammy Awards show is not a right, but a privilege, Freddie McGregor.

If you are this upset with the fact that your album wasn't nominated, do something about it. If an award show means so much to you, why don't you create your own award show here in Jamaica? We live in the age of live streaming, where people from all over the world can watch shows. Please don't complain that you are hungry and you have crackers in your cupboard.

To say that you don't think white people should judge reggae music, I think is ungrateful. You're okay with white people supporting your music and your merchandise, and booking you on shows. I swear, if I were a white woman supporting your music, I would stop, since I am only good for giving you my money and nothing else.

Every time international acts include reggae in their repertoire, all dogs with bark and no bite surface. If you guys don't like that, do something about it. Stop making and playing the watered-down reggae and dancehall music. Free up the gate and 'buss' some youth. Do universal songs, expand your brands using the tools that are here, and market the business.

Instead of complaining, use the free tools at hand, and give your fans around the world a free show on Facebook live for the Christmas, in the comfort of your backyard.

LESHANTE TENNANT

leshantet@yahoo.com