Jamaican dancehall artist Spice says she is “high” in being nominated for the GRAMMYs.
“I’m so high over the situation and happy, because a lot of people said it wouldn’t be possible; and, so many naysayers said that this moment would never happen,” she told Forbes magazine. “So, I need to now make my voice be heard, so other dancehall artists and other Black women can now realize there is hope.
“And that’s also why I’m super so grateful and happy for this historic moment,” added Spice, who has influenced the world to love dancehall with her electrifying sound and stage presence. “This is the first time for a hardcore dancehall artist to be nominated for Best Reggae Album.
And that’s something that I’m super grateful for, because that song itself doesn’t even have a category in the GRAMMYs.
“So, to have created such a historic moment means a lot to me, and I’m grateful. I am very, very happy,” continued Spice, who gained international acclaim in part to her collaboration with Shaggy and Sean Paul with the hit record, “Go Down Deh!”
The popular dance hall artist, who had already amassed a significant following over her 20-year career prior to the single, according Forbes, is featured on former US President Barack Obama’s playlist.
“I’m not going to lie; I’m hyped over it,” Spice said. “I have been celebrating the success of it. Because whether I walk away the winner or not, I feel like I’m already a winner just to be nominated.
“In the words of Fat Joe, ‘Yesterday’s price is not today’s price,’” she added. “This is Spice, is Grammy-nominated and Obama is listening to my music.”
The 64th annual GRAMMY Awards will now take place on April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The GRAMMYs, the music industry’s most high-profile media moment, had been scheduled for Jan. 31 in Los Angeles, but was postponed amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, while organizers searched for a venue that could accommodate the show, “which often requires more than a week of rehearsals and other setup,” according to the New York Times.
The show, to be broadcast live by CBS, will be held for the first time in Las Vegas.