The Recording Academy had come under serious fire leading up to this year’s awards, primarily from gay rights activists who protested the inclusion of Buju, who has adopted a less-than-friendly attitude towards homosexuals in his lyrics and public statements.
In the end, though, it was yet another member of the Marley musical clan who bagged the award, for his album ‘Mind Control – Acoustic.’ The non-acoustic rendition of this album won the Grammy in 2008, and became an instant classic. Now, Stephen has a second Grammy to his name. And the Marley legend, of course, continues to grow.
Burning Spear breaking the Marley’s winning streak last year, Stephen Marley has started the winning streak once more by walking away with the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday(January 31) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
In 2007 Stephen Marley released Mind Control for which, he also won a Grammy. He immediately went back to the drawing board to “sketch-up” another Grammy winning album “Mind Control Acoustic” which is the follow-up for Mind Control.
Stephen Marley’s Mind Control Acoustic which was released under various labels (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic) went up against
Rasta Got Soul – Buju Banton (Gargamel Music, Inc.)
Awake – Julian Marley (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic)
Imperial Blaze – Sean Paul (VP/Atlantic)
Brand New Me – Gregory Isaacs (Tad’s Record)
Stephen’s older brother Ziggy Marley was also victorious at the Grammys winning The Children’s Musical Album category for a project titled “Family Time” which makes it his fifth hold on the Grammy Award.