by Jodee Brown
Internationally-acclaimed entertainer, Sean Paul will be gunning for yet another Grammy award when music’s most celebrated show takes place next February in Los Angeles.
The Got 2 Luv U singer’s fifth album,Tomahawk Technique was selected on Wednesday as one of five finalists for the Best Reggae Album Grammy. It’s the fourth time that Sean Paul has been nominated for the prestigious honor as previous albums like The Trinity (2006) and Imperial Blaze (2010)have also been selected by The Academy.
Sean Paul previously tasted success at the 2004 Grammys when his multi-platinum CD,Dutty Rock was named Best Reggae Album. Should the highly-acclaimed artiste prevail once again in two months, he’ll become the sixth act to capture the accolade.
Like Sean Paul, a number of Reggae veterans will be vying for a second success at the Grammy Awards. Once such crooner,Jimmy Cliff seeks to taste success for the first time since 1986 (Cliff Hanger) as his latest project, The Rebirth is also a finalist in theBest Reggae Album category. Cliff’s album has been praised by many industry insiders given its authentic, Roots Reggae sound.
Toots and the Maytals also secured a nomination for their Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill album. The group, who captured the Best Reggae Album in 2005 for True Love is experiencing their third contention for a Grammy as they were also nominated for Light Your Light in 2008.
Prominent beat makers, Sly & Robbie are back on the Grammy scene as the and the Jam Masters’ commemorative album to Jamaica’s 50th independence celebrations, New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition earned a nod.
Meanwhile, former Bob Marley & The Wailers guitarist, Al Anderson and his Original Wailersband are also Grammy nominees for their effort, Miracle, which was release in April.
These five nominees emerged from a pool of 54 that were selected for a Grammy nominations shortlist last month. That draft included albums such as Reggae Music Again by Busy Signal,Mental Maintenance by Konshens, Krazy Love by Da’Ville, The System by Romain Virgoand Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey by incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel.
The 55th Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 10.