Nominations for the 57th annual Grammy Awards were announced by The Recording Academy on Friday. The list of Caribbean nominees are;
Nicki Minaj "Anaconda," for Best Rap Song, joining her in the category are; "Bound 2," Kanye West & Charlie Wilson; "i," Kendrick Lamar; "We Dem Boyz," Wiz Khalifa and "0 to 100/The Catch Up," Drake
Best Reggae Album, Ziggy Marley “Fly Rasta”; Lee "Scratch" Perry, Back on the Controls; Sean Paul, Full Frequency; Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music; Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power and Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste
If Ziggy Marley wins in this category this will be his 7th win, with is first back in 1998. Also in 1999 Shaggy won his first Grammy for his platinum selling album Boombastic and has been nominated 5 times for a Grammy Award.
In 2004 Sean Paul also won a Grammy for the album Dutty Rock with an overall 4 times Grammy nomination. Sly and Robbie have also won themselves a Grammy in 1999 for the album Friends. Both Lee 'Scratch' Perry and SOJA are first time nominees. SOJA is an American reggae and dub band based in Arlington, Virginia. Their album, Amid the Noise and the Haste features Damian Marley, J. Boog and Collie Buddz and has topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
Over all in the Grammy nomination Beyoncé leads with six Grammy nods, giving her a total of 53 for her career making her the most-nominated female artist in history. Also joining in her in the lead are Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and U2
Newcomer Smith equaled Beyoncé with six nominations. His nominations were in the big three with: album record and song of the year; best new artist, best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album. "Stay with Me" was picked for both record and song of the year.
The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles on February 8, 2015.