Ziggy Marley, Raging Fyah and Rihanna Receive Grammy Norms, Chronixx Snubbed

The Recording Academy will present the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Ziggy Marley

The 59th annual Grammy Awards have officially revealed their nominations and five-time Grammy award-winning artist Ziggy Marley could add a sixth accolade to his Grammy collection.

Ziggy, a consistent nominee at the annual music award show who won his last Grammy two years ago, just received another Best Reggae Album nod for his self titled album Ziggy Marley. Also nominated in the category are reggae artists Rebelution, J Boog and Raging Fyah. Absent from this year’s reggae category is the popular Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx, a 24 year old Rastafarian who has been touted as reggae’s next superstar. Now the hottest and most talked about reggae singer in Jamaica,  Chronixx’s snub certainly raises questions about the organization’s nomination practice. Since the beginning of this year, he has appeared on every major stage show in Jamaica, including a primetime debut slot at Reggae Sumfest, as well as having performed in more than 15 countries on four continents, although to his downfall, his last album “Dread & Terrible” released in 2014 is too dated for consideration. Ziggy, at the 57th Grammy Awards in 2014, beat out dancehall rapper, singer, songwriter and producer Sean Paul, Jamaica’s prolific producer Lee “Scratch” Perry and Shaggy to earn Best Album and seems to be a constant favorite with the Grammy voters due to his popularity and has also beat out Sizzla and Beres Hammond in pas years. Both artists have no Grammys despite their chart topping success.

Beyoncé leads the nominee slate with nine, followed by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West, who each garnered eight, and Chance The Rapper with seven.

This year’s Grammy Awards process registered more than 22,000 submissions across 84 categories. As the only peer-selected music award, the Grammy is voted on by The Recording Academy’s Voting membership, who represent all genres and creative disciplines, including recording artists, songwriters, producers, mixers, and engineers. Final-round Grammy ballots will be mailed Dec. 14 and are due Jan. 13, 2017, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.

The Recording Academy will present the 59th Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, live from Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 pm ET/5–8:30 pm PT.

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