Spice, Shaggy, Sean Paul featured on Obama’s 2021 Favourite Music playlist

Spice, Sean Paul and Shaggy in Go Down Deh

Following on the heels of her historic Grammy-nomination, dancehall Queen Spice is ending the year with a bang after her highly successful cross-over hit, Go Down Deh was featured on former US President Barack Obama’s Favourite Music of 2021 list.

This is the first time either of the three Jamaican superstars are being featured on Obama’s hugely popular list. They joined artistes such as Lizzo Beating, Cardi B, Lauryn Hill and Lil Nas X. Go Down Deh also nabbed the 48th spot on NPR’s 100 Best Songs of 2021 list.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I listened to a little bit of everything this year. I hope you find a new artist or song to add to your own playlist,” Obama posted to his social media pages.

“Just when I thought my year couldn’t end any better, Mr President @barackobama announced that he has been listening to my song. Mmmnnn Go Down Deh! Woooiieeee. Mi Price gone up again.”

Spice

Obama usually releases his favourite music twice per year, a summer list and a year-end list. Only four other Jamaican artistes have ever been featured on any of the former President’s annual playlists. They are Koffee who has been featured a whopping four times; Protoje, Bob Marley and the Wailers and dancehall’s Unruly Boss, Popcaan.

Spice, given name Grace Hamilton, could hardly contain her excitement as she shared the news with her 3.8 million followers on Instagram. In a post following Obama’s announcement, Spice shared that just when she thought her year couldn’t end any better, the feature has come to up her popularity and her ‘price’.

“Just when I thought my year couldn’t end any better, Mr President @barackobama announced that he has been listening to my song. Mmmnnn Go Down Deh! Woooiieeee. Mi Price gone up again,” she posted to her official page.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, so it’s no surprise that I listened to a little bit of everything this year.”

Barack Obama

Spice recently created local music history when she became the first hardcore female artiste to be nominated in the Best Reggae Album category at the Grammy Awards. The entertainer achieved the feat through her album, TEN. The project which was produced by Grammy-winning artiste Shaggy also earned Spice performance spots on American shows, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Wendy Williams Show.