DAMIAN 'Junior Gong' Marley has given an explanation for the indifferent Bob Marley tribute at the February 10 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The segment, which featured American pop artiste Bruno Mars, rock icon Sting, pop singer Rihanna along with Ziggy and Damian Marley, drew mixed reaction.
A new Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for Bob Marley was presented to the late reggae singer's eldest son Ziggy and daughter Karen last night. The event took place immediately after a Recording Academy screening of the feature film documentary Marley, which was held in Hollywood at the Los Angeles Film School on Sunset Boulevard. The award was a replacement for the statue that had been awarded to Marley posthumously in 2001, as part of the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. The backstory began when members of The Recording Academy were visiting Jamaica, and they saw that the award had been damaged. Last night's presentation was a surprise. Five-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy beamed when the replacement was handed to him.
Jamaican reggae star Ziggy Marley is used to taking up the mantle from musical legends.The eldest son of reggae icon Bob Marley, Ziggy has successfully continued his father's legacy while establishing his own style.
Friday evening, the younger Marley met the challenge of entertaining New Orleans Jazz Fest crowds in place of Bunny Wailer, who had originally been scheduled to play.
The five-time Grammy winner closed out the Congo Square Stage on Friday with popular songs drawn from his solo albums as well as his family's trove of hits.
"It's a pleasure to be here," he told the crowd, his lilting voice immediately conjuring the feel of Caribbean islands. "in the hot sun in New Orleans."