Usain Bolt Eyes Grammy Award

by Ramona Samuels, CNW Reporter

After winning numerous medals and sports awards throughout his track and field career, retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is now eyeing another prestigious award – a Grammy.

The 34-year-old, who made his debut as a dancehall music producer with the Olympe Rose Riddim in 2019, says his end goal in music is to win a Grammy award. “That would be the biggest thing for me,” he said in an interview with World Music Views podcast.

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Bolt, who still has the title of the fastest man alive, mentioned that from a very early age, his father taught him not to think about limits, so whatever he wanted he went after it in full confidence. He spoke of always loving music and has more time on his hands to pursue it in lockdown due to the pandemic.

The 100m and 200m world record holder also said he is taking his time to carefully learn about the music industry. He says he wants to make the right connections and put in quality work.

He spoke of discipline and incorporating what he has learned from his sport and applying it to the music industry.

“I have been learning that it is totally different from what I am used to. So I work with people who understand that a time is a time. I am not one of those people to do something halfway. Artists in Jamaica are not used to people correcting them but that’s one thing I am bringing to the table. I will take from Track and Field and apply to music,” Bolt said during the interview.

Usain Bolt, who recently featured on Spotify’s Taste playlist, also spoke of eventually signing with his own artists and owning all the rights to his masters.

After the release of the Olympe Rosé riddim, which featured dancehall artists, Dexta Daps, Munga Honorable, Christopher Martin, Ding Dong and football player turned artist Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner, Bolt followed up with another compilation called the ‘Immortal Riddim’ that included tracks from Vybz Kartel, Masicka, Munga Honorable and Christopher Martin.

In early January 2021, Bolt released a single titled Living The Dream with his childhood friend and manager Nugent ‘NJ’ Walker.