Over the weekend, Caribbean artists shined bright at international music awards ceremonies.
First on Friday, the queen of Calypso, Calypso Rose, was awarded the French Grammy equivalent for World Music Album of the Year, for her latest work “Far From Home”.
Calypso Rose attended the prestigious Victoires de la Musique awards in Paris, where in her acceptance speech she thanked the government of T&T and all her fans for “keeping me going with the beautiful music and the vibrations I give them!”
After accepting the award, Rose performed her smash hit, “Leave Me Alone”, to which the audience sung along word for word, and demanded an encore – which was a first for the awards ceremony.
“Far from Home” – which has gone platinum in several countries – including France, competed against rock group Acid Arab with their album “Music of France” and Rokia Traore of Mali with her album “Born So.”
Victoires de la Mustique’s World Music Album award is one of the most major music honors in France, and 76-year old Calypso Rose is the first Caribbean born artist to win it.
Then last night, Ziggy Marley was awarded the U.S. Grammy award for Best Reggae Album of the year for his self-titled album.
Ziggy beat out fellow Jamaican’s Raging Fyah and Sly & Robbie, as well as U.S. Reggae bands Rebelution, Soja, and artist J Boog, for his 7th Grammy award and further sealed the Marley family as having the most Grammy wins in Reggae.
The Grammy’s does not award the Reggae category during its televised ceremony, so Ziggy’s acceptance was not seen, however Reggae was still represented with a surprise appearance by Skip Marley who performed with pop star Katy Perry.