Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album

And the winner is .....


“I want to bring positive change to the world because I think the world needs that more than just individual success,” - Koffee

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States holds an annual ceremony (The Grammy Awards) in order to 

"honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position" (source )

One of the categories is the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album (originally called the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording) and was established in 1985. The inaugural winner of this award was Black Uhuru for their album Anthem. Since 1985 the award has been rightly won by many of the reggae greats.

Winners 1985-1999*

Black Uhuru, Grammy winner, best reggae album,
Black Uhuru Street Art
1985 Black Uhuru
1986 Jimmy Cliff
1987 Steel pulse
1988 Peter tosh
1989 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
1990 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
1991 Bunny Wailer
1992 Shabba Ranks
1993 Shabba Ranks
1994 Inner Circle
1995 Bunny Wailer
1996 Shaggy
1997 Bunny Wailer
1998 Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
1999 Sly & Robbie

Winners 2000- 2010*

Burning Spaear, Grammy winner, best reggae album,
Burning Spear
2000 Burning Spear
2001 Beenie Man
2002 Damian Marley
2003 Lee "Scratch" Perry
2004 Sean Paul
2005 Toots & The Maytals
2006 Damian Marley
2007 Ziggy Marley
2008 Stephen Marley
2009 Burning Spear

Winners 2011-2020*

ziggy marley, grammy winner, best reggae album
Ziggy Marley
2010 Stephen Marley
2011 Buju Banton
2012 Stephen Marley
2013 Jimmy Cliff
2014 Ziggy Marley
2015 Ziggy Marley
2016 Morgan Heritage
2017 Ziggy Marley
2018 Damian "Jr.Gong" Marley
2019 Sting & Shaggy
2020 Koffee


Now a new generation of talented and progressive reggae artists is knocking on the door and recognition of their talents has begun with the winner of the 2020 award.

Koffee Winner of Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album 2020

The young rising star of Jamaican music Koffee is the first female artist to be awarded the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. That is some achievement considering the male-dominated competition in this category.

Mikayla “Koffee” Simpson was born in Spanish Town. She got the name Koffee after ordering a coffee on a hot day while everyone else opted for soda. Like many artists, her musical journey started in the church choir.

She started writing lyrics inspired by the roots revivalist movement which includes Protoje and Chronixx. After winning a school audition her following started to grow and was further enhanced in 2017 when Burning was released utilizing the Upsetta Records’ Ouji Riddim, made popular by Busy Signal and Luciano.

She soon caught the attention of her idols in the roots revivalist movement who brought her into the fold and how she has grasped that opportunity.

"I want to bring vibes and positive change. I want to impact the world” - Koffee
Koffee knows what she wants to achieve, she wants to change the world. Hopefully, with a long career ahead of her, she will have time to work on that objective and by her current success people are willing to listen.

There are no boundaries for Koffee, we can already see that she is going to be a multi-genre artist. This can only be good for reggae. She will bring new listeners to reggae where they will find a wealth of music to discover.

Reggae has been the seed for many genres, like rap and hip-hop, that have gone on and had more economic success than reggae itself. The new breed of reggae artist is now taking their reggae and integrating it with these genres to create something fresh. Reggae has shown itself to be music that can adapt and still maintain its traditional values and artists like Koffee are on a mission to spread the word.