Toots and the Maytals Win 2021 Grammy Award

Legendary Reggae band Toots and the Maytals won Best Reggae Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

The 63rd Grammy Awards show took place on Sunday, March 14 in a hybrid fashion.

The Got to Be Tough album was released just days before the death of Toots Hibbert, the band’s frontman, who passed away on September 11, 2020.

This marks the second Grammy win for the band after they won Best Reggae Album in 2005. The group has been nominated for a reggae Grammy five times.

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The other nominees this year were  ‘Higher Place’ by Skip Marley, ‘One World’ by The Wailers, ‘Upside Down 2020’ by Buju Banton, and ‘It All Comes Back to Love’ by Maxi Priest.

Toots & the Maytals played a pioneering role in the birth of reggae in the 1960s. Toot’s 1968 song, ‘Do The Reggay’, is said to have given the genre its name.

Toots Hibbert was laid to rest at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica on November 15, 2020. Among the other cultural icons interred at the National Heroes’ Park are reggae singer Dennis Brown, Olympian Herb McKinley, artist Edna Manley, folklorist Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou) and actor Ranny Williams.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the reggae icon would posthumously receive the Keys to the City of Kingston. 

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