Reggae maestro Ansel Collins to receive 4 outstanding Grammy certificates in August

July 1, 2024

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After receiving his first Grammy certificate after nearly four decades earlier, this year reggae legend Ansel Collins is looking forward to receiving four additional Grammy certificates, including a winner certificate for his work on the 1999 release Friends by Sly & Robbie.

In January of this year the iconic keyboardist had finally received his Grammy Award, nearly four decades after his remarkable contribution to one of the reggae genre’s greatest bodies of work, Cliff Hanger by Jimmy Cliff, which won the second Reggae Grammy in 1986.

Collins, renowned for being one-half of the first all-male duo to top the British music charts (Dave & Ansel Collins), will be presented with his Grammy certificates at a special event organised by Back 2 Da Future Music Limited.

His career spans over five decades and he has worked with notable artistes and bands, including The Upsetters and The Aggrovators. He remains one of the most influential keyboardists in reggae history. 

“It is a great honour for me to finally receive these recognitions that I have been looking forward to for a long time,” said a grateful Collins. “It has been a long journey, but these Grammy certificates are a testament to the enduring power of reggae music and the incredible artistes I’ve had the privileged to work with over the years.”

The presentation is part of an initiative to distribute almost 100 uncollected Grammy certificates to people in the reggae and dancehall music industry who have contributed to Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated bodies of work with about 50 Grammy certificates being presented in Jamaica, and others being presented to recipients in Florida and the United Kingdom.

Collins gained international fame with the hits Double Barrel and Monkey Spanner. He was also the featured keyboardist on the original Stalag 17 rhythm.


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