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Toots' 'True Love' wins Best Reggae Album at 2004 Grammy Awards
FREDERICK 'TOOTS' Hibbert and his group The
Maytals were awarded the 2004 Grammy Award for Reggae yesterday.
The group edged their reggae counterparts for
the award at the prestigious Grammy Award ceremony, which is now in its 47th
year and was staged at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.
Toots and the Maytals secured the coveted golden
gramophone for their album titled "True Love" in the 'Best Reggae
In so doing, he and his gang beat Jimmy Cliff
for his effort "Black Magic", musicians Sly and Robbie with The Dub
Revolutionaries, Steel Pulse with African Holocaust, and the compilation album
titled "Def Jamaica".
The album "True Love" was released
under the V2 Records imprint last year, and features an impressive hit list of
leading American and local artistes who were guests on the project.
These included Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton,
Ryan Adams, and from Jamaica, Ken Boothe, Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths
"I am in the studio working right now, but I
am feeling great," stated Hibbert when contacted shortly after the news
Toots was busy in a recording session here in
Jamaica at the time the award was given. He stated that he could not celebrate
immediately, as he was busy working on another album to be released soon. He
noted, however, that it was fulfilling for for him to snatch the award.
"I can say to Jamaica, it was good to be
nominated, and to win this Grammy is great. I say thanks to the Jamaican people
for their support, and those who have helped in the project both here and
"It was good just to be nominated. Even
if I did not win, just to be nominated was great. I feel happy to receive
The Grammy Awards give honours to recordings in over 100 categories across 31
fields. The reggae category was instituted in 1984, and was won by Black Uhuru
in that year. Last year's winner was Sean Paul for the double platinum selling