One factor about Caribbean folks, they go arduous ’bout their very own! So, think about the shock of followers after not one, however 4 Black reggae artists have been passed over on the 2022 Grammys to award a predominantly white band based mostly in Virginia. In the long run, the band Soldier of Jah Military (SOJA) gained the 2022 award for ‘Finest Reggae Album’ amongst nominees Sean Paul, Gramps Morgan, Etana and Spice. Following SOJA’s win, Spice addressed upset followers through an Instagram submit.
“Besties don’t cry we’ve come alongside approach. Bear in mind I got here from Homeless to at the present time so I’m actually nonetheless very humbled and grateful, I see all of your assist and disappointments however you recognize we by no means surrender, we again at it once more tomorrow,” Spice wrote to her 3.9 million followers. “I really like you all a lot, watch little Gracie pan Grammy crimson Carpet.”
Right here’s how Spice’s remark part regarded following the loss:
“You deserved that win. You have been robbed,” @_chocolate_desire wrote.
“The pirates of the Caribbean robbed us Gracie,” @blessingsjoy35
“They robbed you Queen . Why they will’t give the true Jamaican artiste the popularity? Smh. You’re the actual winner,” @thespicy0ne wrote.
Spice’s Musical Historical past
Had Spice gained inside her nominated class, the dancehall queen would’ve made historical past! Her first nomination for greatest reggae album stemmed from her debut album 10, which was govt produced by Caribbean legend Shaggy. The venture, launched in August 2021, did extraordinarily properly on the Billboard reggae album chart. 10 landed at quantity six, per The New York Instances.
However most West Indian natives can converse to realizing Spice’s music earlier than People obtained an actual style from the dancehall queen. However for Spice, whose actual identify is Grace Hamilton, this music journey began at 17.
On the time, she auditioned for an enormous one-day, Jamaican bashment referred to as Sting Pageant. 4 audition songs later and a promoter gave her a slot and Spice was born. This led to common efficiency gigs at dancehall festivals and events. By 2003, NYT stories that Spice started touring all through the Caribbean, Europe and the USA.
About six years later, her single ‘Romping Store’ with Vbyz Kartel remained on the Billboard chart for 15 weeks. She landed quantity 14 on the reggae chart together with her debut EP ‘So Mi Like It.’ By 2018, Spice constructed a reputation in actuality tv by becoming a member of ‘Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.’ She additionally blessed followers with the mixtape ‘Captured’ in 2018, which climbed its strategy to primary on that reggae album chart.
A Win For White Reggae Artists
However numbers, expertise and killer performances weren’t sufficient for Spice to win at this 12 months’s Grammys. As an alternative, SOJA’s seventh studio album ‘Magnificence within the Silence’ gained. Per BET, that is the primary time a predominantly white, reggae band secured this album award. With the class added about 37 years in the past, SOJA’s win is now the third time a non-Jamaican particular person or group has gained.
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