Reggae group, Morgan Heritage has just won their 2nd GRAMMYs at the 61st edition of the prestigious award held last weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Group member, Gramps Morgan in an interview with entertainment journalist, Elorm Beenie says, ”it was truly an amazing day we had a show in Long Beach, California; got off the stage and received the news. Was very happy for Shaggy; he’s one of the hardest working people in music, not many like him, many want to be famous but don’t want do the work. Shaggy is one of a kind; from the day Shaggy and I spoke on the phone, he told us to swing through the studio, we had a great vibe, met Sting in the studio and the music just happened naturally”.
According to Gramps Morgan, the group wasn’t necessarily expecting a Grammy win this time but it came as a big surprise and Group Morgan Heritage embraces it with all sincerity. ”No one ever expects a Grammy nomination, we make music and let the public decide. We try to make the best out of the music possible whenever we are recording…”, Gramps added.
Morgan Heritage won their first Grammy with their ”Strictly Roots” album and got nominated in 2018 with their ”Avrakedabra” album. This makes it twice the group has won a Grammy. Morgan Heritage will be releasing their next album this summer and the group is very optimist about making a lot of influence with the upcoming album. ‘Africa Jamaica’, the first single off the album which featured Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania and Stonebwoy from Ghana has gunned over 1 million views on YouTube. It has been featured in top international playlists on MTV among others. Morgan Heritage were on set with Nigeria’s international music icon, Patoranking, in Kenya weeks ago to shoot a next music video for another single off the album.
Morgan Heritage was featured on the album title track ’44/876′ with Aidonia on Shaggy & Sting’s joint album. Makes it a first time for dancehall singjay, Aidonia to win a Grammy too. With the reggae Grammys, which started from 2002, awards were often presented to the engineers, mixers, and/or producers in addition to the performing artists. According to the category description guide for the 52nd Grammy Awards, eligible works are vocal or instrumental reggae albums ”containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded music”, including roots reggae, dancehall and ska music.
Originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording, the honor was presented to artists for eligible songs or albums. The Jamaican group, Black Uhuru received the first award in 1985. Beginning with the 1992 ceremony, the name of the award was changed to ”Best Reggae Album”.