Caribbean Artists among Grammy Nominees

A significant contingent of Caribbean artists, including the late great Gregory Isaacs, are among this year’s Grammy nominees. Isaacs Meets Isaac, a collaboration between the late Gregory Isaacs and his son King, has been nominated in the Reggae category this year. Also vying for the Reggae Grammy is accused drug dealer, singer Buju Banton, who is up for the award for the second straight year. Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bob Sinclair and Sly & Robbie and Andrew Tosh are also up for the award in this category.

Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez has been nominated in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group for his album Providencia. Colombian pianist Héctor Martignon’s Second Chance and Chucho Valdés’ Chucho’s Steps have both been nominate din the category of Best Latin Jazz Album.

Also among this year’s nominees is Sean Kingston, who is up for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical for Island Queen and Trinidad-born rapper, Nicki Minaj, for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group  for her collaboration with Ludacris on “My Chick Bad.”

Nominees in the category of Best Latin Pop Album include Ricardo Arjona’s Poquita ropa and Alex Cuba’s Alex Cuba. The Best Tropical Album category is dominated by Caribbean performers, among the El Gran Combo, Juan Luis Guerra, and Gilberto Santa Rosa.

But it is sexy Bajan singer Rihanna who is dominating the nominations.

Rihanna has been nominated in five categories this year. She is also up for Record of the Year for her  duet with  “Love The Way You Lie” With Eminem. The song has also been nominated for Song of the Year, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

And RiRi’s “Only Girl (In The World)” is up for Best Dance Recording.

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