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Who Should Win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album?

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CelebStoner's favorite Grammy category is Best Reggae Album.

Traditionally, one of the Marley brothers usually win the award if he's had an album out during the year. This year Julian Marley has been nominated for As I Am

Damian Marley won for Stony Hill (2017), Welcome to Jamrock (2005) and Halfway Tree (2001).

Ziggy Marley won for Ziggy Marley (2016), Fly Rasta (2014), Ziggy Marley in Concert (2013), Love Is My Religion (2006), Fallen Is Babylon (with the Melody Makers, 1997), One Bright Day (with the Melody Makers, 1989 ) and Conscious Party (with the Melody Makers, 1988).

Stephen Marley won for Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life (2011), Mind Control - Acoustic (2009) and Mind Control (2007).

The other previous winners are: Sting & Shaggy for 44/876 (2018), Morgan Heritage for Strictly Roots (2015), Jimmy Cliff for Rebirth (2012), Buju Banton for Before the Dawn (2010), Burning Spear for Jah Is Real (2008), Toots & the Maytals for True Love (2004), Sean Paul for Dutty Rock (2003), Lee "Scratch" Perry for Jamaican E.T. (2002), Beenie Man for Art and Life (2000), Burning Spear for Calling Rastafari (1999), Sly & Robbie for Friends (1998), Bunny Wailer for Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary (1996), Shaggy for Bombastic (1995), Bunny Wailer for Crucial! Roots Classics (1994), Inner Circle for Bad Boys (1993), Shabba Ranks for X-tra Naked (1992), Shabba Ranks for As Raw as Ever (1991), Bunny Wailer for Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley (1990), Peter Tosh for No Nuclear War (1987), Steel Pulse for Babylon the Bandit (1986), Jimmy Cliff for Cliff Hanger (1985) and Black Uhuru for Anthem (1984).

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This year's nominees are:

Rapture by Koffee

This five-song EP by the 19-year-old female dancehall singer (her real name is Mikayla Simpson) features the title track and "Toast." She's the youngest performer to ever receive a Best Reggae Album Grammy nomination.

As I Am by Julian Marley

The fourth album by Bob Marley's fifth-born son has earned him his second Grammy nominination for Best Reggae Album. It features collabs with Shaggy, Beenie Man and Spragga Benz, as well as the ganja track, "Chalice Load."

The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics by Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics

It's a great idea: Jamaica's two best session groups joining together on 12 tracks employing a virtual reggae who's who of guests, including Toots Hibbert, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Luciano and Pablo Moses. Sly & Robbie won the reggae Grammy in 1998 and have been nominated 12 times.

Mass Manipulation by Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse's first album in 15 years was worth the wait. Frontman David Hinds has kept the band going since 1975 and continues to act as the conscience of reggae on songs like "Cry Cry Blood" and "Thank the Rebels" among the 17 tracks on this deep collection. Steel Pulse won the reggae Grammy in 1986 and have been nominated nine times.

More Work to be Done by Third World

The reggae hitmakers get a lift from producer Damian Marley on their 22nd album since being founded in 1973. Guests include Chronixx, Taurus Riley and Marley. Suprisingly, Third World have never won a Grammy despite nine nominations.

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Check out all of the 62nd Grammy Awards nominations here.

The Grammys will be held on Sunday, January 26 on CBS.

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