Several people have bashed the Grammys for some of the nominations in the Best Reggae Album category, but Jah Cure said that dancehall acts should not curse the organisers.
“Nuh deejay, no dancehall [artiste] nuh fi cuss fi Grammy if dem nuh get it because the last dancehall artiste weh get Grammy was Beenie Man… Shabba Rankin,” Jah Cure said in an Instagram Live on Friday before premiering his new track, Thousand Miles Away.
“When mi see say it (The Cure album) nuh nominate, mi just go to bed, take a rest.”— Jah Cure
Beenie Man got the award in 2000 for his album, Art and Life, and Shabba Ranks copped the award in 1991 and 1992. Sean Paul and Shaggy are also dancehall acts, but not as hardcore. They won the award 2003 and 1995, respectively.
Jah Cure’s comments come after Popcaan bashed the Academy after his Fixtape album did not get a nomination despite its chart successes.
““Big up the nominees for this year grammy SALUTE!!!!✊✊✊ @recordingacademy differently tho unu corruption levels high nuh b**bocl**t!! We unstoppable tho dancehall music💪🏿💪🏿 we nah stop until unu accept we. #UNRULYFOREVERSOLID mi unruly family them me love unu ❤️ #POLITRICKS,” he wrote on Instagram.
The acts who got nominated in the Best Reggae Album category this year were Skip Marley, Buju Banton, Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers and Maxi Priest.
But in explaining his point, Jah Cure said that the award has traditionally been won by reggae singers, as opposed to deejays.
In 2015, Jah Cure’s album, The Cure, was nominated, but it didn’t win. And last year, he was hopeful that his Royal Soldier album would be nominated, but that didn’t happen.
“When mi see say it nuh nominate, mi just go to bed, take a rest,” he said.
“If yuh nuh get the Grammy this year, you get it next year,” he added while giving props to Popcaan, Koffee, Lila Ike and Protoje.