“Stony Hill” by Damian Robert Nesta “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bob Marley’s youngest son, won for Best Reggae Album at this years 60th Annual Grammy Awards. He has been nominated five times. His first nomination and win was at the 44th Grammy Awards where he won the Best Reggae Album in 2001 for his album “Halfway Tree”. His second and third nominations and wins were during the 48th Grammy Awards where he won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and for Best Reggae Album “Welcome to Jamrock”. Jr. Gong’s only loss was not for one of his albums but during the 54th Grammy Awards where he was a featured artist on Bruno Mars’ album Doo-Wops & Hooligans, the song was titled “Liquor Store Blues”.
Here is Damien Marley in 2005 with both Grammy’s in hand.
Damian still has a way to go but is gaining ground on his older brothers Ziggy and Stephen. Ziggy has 14 nominations with 8 wins and Stephen has 11 nominations with 8 wins. The Marley’s account for 40% of all Reggae Grammy winners and would count for a lot more but the category was only formed in 1985. Amazingly Bob Marley’s only Grammy was a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He was nominated twice in 2002 for Best Music Film with “Rebel Music” the documentary and Best Pop Collaboration with “Turn Your Lights Down Low” featuring Lauryn Hill but neither won. Ask this trivia question at a party…. How many Grammy’s does Bob Marley have? How many would answer one? Seems blasphemous. His name doesn’t even come up in a search on the Grammy website.
The Grammys don’t televise the Best Reggae Album category often. Ziggy performed in 2017 and the presentation of the award was televised. This year it was not and Damian did not attend. However artists seem compelled to show appreciation for the Reggae influence they received from Bob. Twenty years earlier in 1997 The Fugees sang “No woman No Cry” as a Tribute to Bob. The Fugees brought Stephen Marley to the stage during the second verse and the I Threes, Rita Marley Bob’s wife, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. In 2013 Bruno Mars did a Tribute to Bob as well. Right after doing a duet with Sting he brought Rhanna, Ziggy, and Damien to the stage to perform “Could You Be Loved”.
Here are The Fugges along with Stephen Marley and the I Threes paying tribute to Bob Marley.
Here is Bruno Mars along with Rihanna, Ziggy and Damian Marley paying tribute to Bob Marley.