Queen of reggae Etana dons pink for Grammys

Etana is the first female in 21 years to be nominated for the Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category.

etanaGrammy nominee Etana was a big hit at the 2019 Grammy Awards red carpet at the Staples Center on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The queen of reggae Etana who walked the red carpet celebrated her album “Reggae Forever” nomination for Best Reggae Album and is the first female in 21 years to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Reggae Album category.

The last time a female artist was nominated in the category was in 1997 when Sister Carol received a nomination.

With her first-time Grammy nomination, Etana competed with Black Uhuru for “As the World Turns”, Ziggy Marley for “Rebellion Rises”, Protoje for “A Matter of Time” and Grammy Award winners for Best Reggae Album, Sting & Shaggy for “44/876.”

“It’s an honor that “Reggae Forever” has been recognized by the Recording Academy with a Best Reggae Album nomination and to be amongst these talented nominated artists and award-winning artists. I’m truly delighted to have made an album that was well received with so many audiences around the world,” says Etana. The “Reggae Forever” album is distributed by Tad’s Records. “Reggae Forever” has gained popularity nationally and internationally.

Shauna McKenzie, better known as female reggae sensation Etana has achieves major acclaim with albums “Reggae Forever” that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number one,  “I Rise” that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number one and her album “Better Tomorrow” which debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number seven. Her album “Free Expressions” and debut album “The Strong One” all reached the Billboard Reggae Charts. “The Strong One” garnered many awards including the Album of the Year honors at the International Reggae and World Music Awards  in New York City and at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards in Kingston.

She was also nominated as Best New Reggae Artist at London’s annual MOBO Awards in 2008 and made history as the first female with back-to-back top albums on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Her standout sound blends Roots Reggae with flavors of Folk, Soul, and Jazz.

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