Spice comforts fans after losing the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album to a mostly white band

One thing about Caribbean people, they go hard on their own! So imagine the shock to fans after not one, but four black reggae artists were skipped at the 2022 Grammys to honor a mostly white Virginia band. In the end, the band Soldier of Jah Army (SOJA) won the 2022 award for “Best Reggae Album” among nominees Sean Paul, Gramps Morgan, Etana and Spice. Following SOJA’s win, Spice addressed angry fans with an Instagram post.

Angry Fans

Besties don’t cry, we’ve come a long way. Remember I’ve come from homeless to this day so really I’m still very humbled and grateful I see all your support and disappointments but you know we never give up we will do it again tomorrow,” wrote Spice to their 3.9 million followers. “I love you all so much, look at little Gracie waving the Grammy on the red carpet.”

Here’s what Spice’s comments section looked like after the loss:

“You deserved this win. You got robbed,” wrote @_chocolate_desire.

“Pirates of the Caribbean robbed us of Gracie,” @blessingsjoy35

“They robbed you, Queen . Why can’t they give the real Jamaican artist the credit? smh You are the real winner,” wrote @thespicy0ne.

Spices music history

Had Spice won her nominated category, the dancehall queen would have made history! Her first nomination for Best Reggae Album comes from her debut album 10, which was produced by Caribbean legend Shaggy. The project, released in August 2021, has performed very well on the billboard Reggae Album Charts. 10 finished sixth, per The New York Times.

But most West Indian natives can say they knew the music of Spice before Americans got a real taste of the dancehall queen. But for Spice, whose real name is Grace Hamilton, this musical journey began when she was 17.

Back then, she auditioned for a massive one-day Jamaican bashment called the Sting Festival. Four audition songs later and a promoter gave her a spot and Spice was born. This led to regular appearances at dancehall festivals and parties. until 2003, NYT reports that Spice began touring the Caribbean, Europe and the United States.

About six years later, her single “Romping Shop” with Vbyz Kartel fell by the wayside billboard Chart for 15 weeks. Her debut EP “So Mi Like It” reached number 14 in the reggae charts. By 2018, Spice was making a name for himself on reality television by joining “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta.” She also blessed fans with the mixtape “Captured” in 2018, which went to number one on the Reggae Albums chart.

A win for white reggae artists

But numbers, experience and killer performances weren’t enough for Spice to win at this year’s Grammys. Instead, SOJA’s seventh studio album “Beauty in the Silence” won. Per BET, This is the first time a predominantly white reggae band has secured this album award. After adding the category some 37 years ago, SOJA’s win marks the third time a non-Jamaican individual or group has won.

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