Grammy nominations for 2013's Best Reggae Album, much as it has in previous years, acknowledges the genre's veteran acts while overlooking many popular and critically acclaimed releases by a younger generation of artists and all but one dancehall release. Here, Easy Star's Eric Smith, producer Shane Brown, professor/author Dr. Mike Alleyne, manager Andrea Davis and music executive Cristy Barber react to the nominations while Grammys VP Bill Freimuth helps put the process in perspective.
Hawaiian reggae fusion act the Green are making waves on the reggae charts, pulling in a solid second week this week at No. 1, where they debuted last week with their sophomore record, "Ways and Means." The young band is backed by a supporting team of local Hawaiian DJs, savvy bookers, and a heavy-hitting co-headlining U.S. tour with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.