1985 proved to be a monumental year for reggae music. That was when the first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album – an award then called Best Reggae Recording – was given to Black Uhuru. The rest of that decade saw more renowned nominees and winners of the prestigious award. Artists including Steel Pulse, Third World, and Yellowman were all recognized as the minds behind some of the best reggae albums of the 1980s.
What notable LPs will you find on this 1980s reggae albums list? Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Cliff was a favorite among reggae fans and Grammy voters alike throughout the 1980s. He even took home the trophy for Best Reggae Album for Cliff Hanger in 1986. Burning Spear is another reggae artist who was popular in the decade.
Ziggy Marley, along with his band the Melody Makers, picked up where his father left off in the world of reggae. Other good recordings featured on this list of Grammy-nominated 1980s albums include Brutal by Black Uhuru and Peter Tosh's No Nuclear War.Do you have a favorite Grammy-recognized reggae album from the 1980s? Give the best releases a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.