Damian “Jr Gong” Marley has won the Best Reggae Album Grammy Award for his fourth studio album ‘Stony Hill'.
The announcement was one of 70 made at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony a short while ago. This is Marley's third Grammy Award.
Marley didn't attend the awards ceremony to receive his 3rd Grammy for Best Reggae Album. His previous solo albums Halfway Tree and Welcome To Jamrock won a Grammy, while the latter got a second Grammy in the category Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
At the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock.
He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards.
Also nominated in the BEST REGGAE ALBUM category were: Chronixx – Chronology Common Kings – Lost In Paradise J Boog – Wash House Ting Morgan Heritage – Avrakedabra
Obviously no surprise that the Grammy Academy choose Damian Marley as the winner, but it seemed everyone was keen to see Chronixx‘ Chronology winning the Grammy.
Earlier this week The Chronology singer and Gong were the hot favorites to take home the Grammy, but a more recent online poll showed Morgan Heritage in the lead as a potential upset.
Chronixx and Heritage lead the poll with 29 percent of the votes each, while Damian Marley trails the two with 20 percent of the votes. Hawaiian singers Common Kings and J Boog each came in with thirteen and eight percent respectively. A few days ago, the same poll shows Morgan Heritage leading Chronixx by a single percentage, so its safe to give the royal family the edge in the race for the 2018 Reggae Grammy.
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