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Shaggy, Sting win Reggae Grammy

Observer writer

Monday, February 11, 2019

The best-selling reggae album of 2018, has won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Sting and Shaggy's 44/876 were declared winners yesterday afternoon during the Grammy Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The other nominees were Reggae Forever by Etana, As the World Turns by Black Uhuru, Rebellion Rises by Ziggy Marley and A Matter of Time by Protoje.

“I'd like to thank my partner in crime, Sting. He made the project feel like the biggest project ever,” said Shaggy during his acceptance speech.

He continued: “My family is here, my lovely wife (Rebecca) and my daughter, Sydney. Big up the Jamaica crew in the place and big up all the nominees in the category. Big up every time.”

44/876 was released on April 20 last year and debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. It also made charts in the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland (where it has been certified gold), Switzerland, Belgium, Germany (debuted at number one), Hungary, Australia, Austria, France, and Italy.

The album has to date sold close to 500,000 copies worldwide, 52,000 of that amount was sold in the United States last year. It spent 23 weeks at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.

Aidonia and Morgan Heritage are also featured on 44/876.

This is Shaggy's second Grammy; he won Best Reggae Album for Boombastic in 1996. That album was released by Virgin Records and sold over one million copies in the United States.

It is Sting's 17th Grammy, having previously won as a member of The Police and as a solo act.

Shaggy is set to release a new album, Wah Gwaan, on May 10. It will feature collaborations with Shenseea, Nicky Jam, Jason Derulo, Nyanda (formerly of Brick and Lace), Noah Powa, Gene Noble, and Alexander Stewart.