There is anger amongst Jamaicans in particular, after Billboard announced British singer Joss Stone as reggae artist of 2015.
In second place was Bob Marley and the Wailers for Easy Skanking in Boston ‘78, a live album.
Stone, who won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance with the song You Had Me, said she was encouraged to record Water For Your Soul by Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley.
The album did not impress Billboard magazine writer Steven Horowitz who described Stone’s ‘reggae experiment’ as “unconvincing”.
Bounty Killer has led the outrage by releasing an Instagram statement against Billboard Magazine for naming British singer Joss Stone Reggae Artist of The Year. Bounty also directed his criticism towards Jamaica’s government.
“What measures are implemented for a genre birthed on the island which is widely celebrated elsewhere, giving others the chance to benefit more than us? How many more Matisyahus, Eddy Murphys and Josh Stones will there be to benefit more than our people who do not fall short on talent?”, Bounty said.
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