Above: Jimmy Cliff
By the Caribbean Journal staff
Jimmy Cliff took home the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album Sunday night for his latest work, “Rebirth.”
The reggae legend topped a competitive field including Miracle by The Original Wailers; Tomahawk Technique by Sean Paul; New Legend — Jamaica 50th Edition by Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters and Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged on Strawberry Hill by Toots and The Maytals.
The victory came 28 years after his first Grammy win in 1985 for “Cliff Hanger.”
Cliff was one of the highlight’s of Volkswagen’s Jamaican-accented Super Bowl ad, which aired last Sunday night and went viral on YouTube.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards also set aside time for a moving tribute to late reggae legend Bob Marley by Barbados native Rihanna.
The late Marley’s birthday was last week.
Last year’s winner was Stephen Marley, who took home the award for his “Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life.”