Shame on The Grammy Awards

Cliff Happy For Second Grammy But ... Disappointed It's Not Presented At Ceremony, Promises To Keep Re-Inventing And   Improving

Barbara Ellington, Public Affairs Editor
But Cliff is unhappy that the prestigious award is not presented to winners on the night when the world is watching.
"It would have been better if I were collecting it onstage on Sunday night," he said. Instead, someone picked up the gold gramophone on his behalf. Other nominees in the category this year were The Original Wailers, Sean Paul, Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters and Toots and the Maytals.
Cliff who has seen recent increased airplay for singing in the popular Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, expressed appreciation for all his supporting fans over the years.
"The Grammy does not necessarily mean more album sales, better booking fees - the important ingredients for a performer's well-being." But, he is positive that more people will be talking about it in the media and elsewhere and, "I will get more recognition from my peers; for that I am grateful," he said.
Rebirth, Cliff said, has been number one on iTunes for many weeks now and is also doing well in sales. He conceded that the music industry is not what it used to be but he plans to continue reinventing himself and to distribute the album to radio stations in Jamaica, and "if they lock into something special from it, I will consider a local launch".
VW Commercial
Asked about the genesis of the VW commercial, Cliff revealed that after receiving his driver's licence in London many years ago, the first car he bought was a Volkswagen Beetle (Bug). "I had been performing a lot with an acoustic guitar and other instruments last year. My Los Angeles agents were approached about my doing the commercial after someone noticed those performances. I saw America's Super Bowl on the same level as our World Cup Football, and since my first car meant a lot to me, I accepted the job," he said.
No stranger to winning a Grammy, this is Cliff's second, from seven nominations. In 1986, just two years into the introduction of the reggae category, his album titled Cliff Hanger took the Grammy. He will be in the island next week to rehearse in preparation for his Asian tour, which kicks off on February 27. 
From the Jamaican Gleaner Feb. 13 2013
Mahogany Coconut Comment:
It  is unacceptable to Caribbean artistes , that The Grammy Awards , would treat a distinguished Caribbean artiste in this manner ! Reggae music and the Steel Drum(pan) are our gifts to the world. We call on those Caribbean representatives , in our overseas offices, to lobby and make sure that our deserving artistes are given the prominence earned internationally.
Congratulations Jimmy Cliff. Shame on The Grammy Awards.

Published: Wednesday | February 13, 201

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