Dancehall and reggae deserve so much more. Leading up to the 2022 Grammy award ceremony
, dancehall artist Spice made her red carpet debut where she spoke to the Associated Press
about the appropriation of reggae and dancehall music and the history of Jamaican artists not receiving credit. “I feel like reggae and dancehall could have been more recognised because oftentimes other genres take from our culture and we do not get that rating that we deserve, but I feel absolutely great that we’re still in the nomination for the Grammy, so it’s still a big thing for dancehall and Jamaica,” she shared. She made history being the first hardcore dancehall artist to be nominated for the category with her debut 10
alongside other Jamaican artists like Jesse Royal, Sean Paul, Gramps Morgan and Etana. However a non-Jamaican, Arlington, Virginia-based, white reggae band SOJA
, an acronym for Soldiers of Jah’s Army, was nominated with their Beauty in the SIlence
album and consequently ended up taking home the win.