Dancehall star, Devin Di Dakta and emerging singer, JL have made history as the youngest ever Jamaicans to be nominated for music’s highest honour as the duo are up for the Best Reggae Album award at the 59th Grammy Awards.
When Grammy nominations were officially announced on December 6, the duo’s debut EP, Reggae For Her produced by legendary hit makers and previous Grammy winners, Sly and Robbie was named among five contenders for the honour. They will go up against six-time reggae Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley for his self-titled album, Raging Fyah for Everlasting and two American acts: J Boog for Rose Petals and Rebelution for Falling Into Place.
Released in late September, Reggae For Her is an eight-track EP which features singles such as Ayo Ayo, Safe Haven and Jenell. The compilation is being distributed by Tuff Gong International and also released by Taxi Records.
It is a huge achievement for both acts, who are managed by long-time marketer and public relations specialist, Shelly-Ann Curran, who is elated by the news and has stated her intention to walk the Grammy red carpet. For Devin, news of the nomination comes a day after his 21st birthday.
Additionally, this is the first time that prominent Jamaican talent shows, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall and Digicel Rising Stars can boast of having former contestants earning such acclaim. Devin Di Dakta was crowned Magnum King in 2015 while J.L. reached the final round of Rising Stars the year prior.
The 59th Grammy Awards will be held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017.