Looks like the White Winners walked into the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in style.
The third time charm really worked for Virginia-based Raggae band SOJA. American reggae band SOJ went home with GRAMMY on Sunday with “Best Reggae Album” for their album “Beauty in the Silence.”
The big win marks the band’s first all-white reggae win in GRAMMY reggae category history.
With four nominees up for grabs including an album of popular songs by Sean Paul, a win was scored by all-white reggae band SOJA.
It’s a real moment of happiness and celebration for the group. Here’s everything you need to know.
American group SOJA wins the Grammy Award for “Best Reggae Album”
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards Music Night was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
With the final number of nominations and phenomenal appearances from our favorite artists and musicians, it was surely a phenomenal time to look forward to big artist wins and celebrate the magical night.
Speaking of magical night, SOJA had one at the 2022 GRAMMYs. The band won Best Reggae Album for their album Beauty in the Silence.
The band finally went home with their big win after being nominated twice, including their 2017 project “Live in Virginia” and 2015’s “Amid the Noise and Haste” album.
“Beauty in Silence” was released in 2021. September created a stir right after its arrival by charting at number two on the Billboard Reggae album chart.
Other category nominees included Positive Vibration from Gramps Morgan’s, Royal from Jesse Royal, 10 from Spices, Live N Livin from Sean Paul and Pamoja from Etana.
SOJA’s speech after receiving the best reggae album
SOJA spoke on the red carpet after picking up the huge win. The band began their speech with special gratitude to Jamaica, the home of Reggae.
They thanked their influence and inspirations growing up. They expressed the journey of their beginnings as a reggae group and eventually dedicated their lives to the reggae genre.
The band’s lead singer, Joseph Hemphill thanked the Jamaican pioneers and artists who established the genre before them and brought it to the communities.
The group also said that a few members are from DC, known as “Little Ethiopia”. A major emphasis on music as a mission and not as a competition.
Discover the group All White Reggae SOJA
Founded in 1997, SOJA is an award-winning band from Virginia that has been promoting their music for over 25 years.
The eight-member group has released a number of singles, albums and DVDs, including the live singles SOJA -Live in Hawaii and Live in Amsterdam. They also released their third full album Born in Babylon.
They’ve been criticized for their cultural appropriation over the past few decades, including their last win at the 2022 GRAMMYs. People find it hard to come to terms with the big news.
Nevertheless, we wish the winners a big congratulations!