Reggae Grammy Nominees in...Tanya snubbed again...Beenie ignored


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The 2006 nominees in the reggae category are 'Too Bad' by Buju Banton, Ziggy Marley's 'Love Is My Religion', 'Youth' by Jewish reggae chanter Matisyahu, Sly & Robbie's 'Rhythm & Doubles' and 'Who You Fighting For' by UB40.

The Marley legacy continues with Ziggy Marley's nomination. Ziggy's previous win in the Best Reggae Album category was in 1997 for Fallen Is Babylon by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording in 1998 for Conscious Party and in 1989 for One Bright Day.

According to the Billboard Reggae chart at the end of November, Matisyahu's album, 'Youth' sold 497, 256 copies and was released on the Epic imprint, while controversial deejay Buju Banton sold over 10,000 copies of 'Too Bad'. Banton's previous nomination was for his 1997 disc, 'Inner Heights'. Dub revolutionaries Sly and Robbie last won for their 1998 classic, 'Friends'. This latest Sly and Robbie album, 'Rhythm and Doubles' features work by Lady Saw, a Bounty Killer-Wyclef Jean combination, Beres Hammond, Elephant Man, Sugah Roy and Conrad Crystal, Yellowman, former ARP member Mitch teams up with Santana, as well as UB40'S Ali Campbell and Luciano.

The 49th Grammy Awards are scheduled to air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 11. Tanya Stephens, whose Rebelution album was widely hailed by critics and music lovers alike, is not among the nominees. Her previous album, 'Gangsta Blues' was also snubbed. Beenie Man's 'Undisputed' did not receive a Reggae Grammy nod either year.