KOFFEE Makes History becoming First Female to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album

Koffee grammy winner

Mikayla Simpson, popular known as KOFFEE, born February 16 2000 took the Grammy home for her debut album rapture.

The 19 year old writes her name in the history books by becoming the youngest solo act to be nominated in the category Best Reggae Album,

it’s the first time a female artist takes the Reggae Grammy! Although four female artists have been nominated before before they include

Judy Mowatt (1985), Rita Marley (1991), Sister Carol (1996), Etana (2018) 

Koffee’s five track EP Rapture nominations in the Reggae album category led to questions about the grammy’s criteria for what is considered an album

Here is the official info from the Grammys:

“To be called an album, recordings must contain a minimum of five different tracks and a complete playing time of quarter-hour or a complete playing time of a minimum of half-hour with no minimum track requirement.”

In a brief acceptance speech, Koffee thanked her fellow nominees for “the input they made in the Reggae industry”, and ended by saying “…this one is for all of us, this one is for Reggae, this one is for Jamaica”.

Nominees in the category were:

Julian Marley for his album, “As I am”

Sly and Robbie and Roots Radics for the album: “Sly and Robbie vs Roots Radics”

Steel Pulse for “Mass Manipulation”, 

Third World for “More Work to be Done” 


Julian Marley was nominated once before for his album Awake (2009), but his brother Stephen Marley won the Grammy with Mind Control Acoustic.

Steel Pulse had previously been nominated 9 times and won the 1986 Grammy for the album “Babylon The Bandit”,

with seven album nominations plus a nomination within the BEST REGGAE RECORDING category in 1984 for the single “steppin’out”

Including a nomination in 1982 for the appearance on the live album Reggae Sunsplash ’81, A Tribute To Marley within the category BEST ETHNIC OR TRADITIONAL FOLK RECORDING.

With 8 Nominations within the Best Reggae Album Category so far, Third World has never won any.

Damian Junior Gong Marley produced more work to be done.

REGGAE CATEGORY winner list of from 1984 to 2019

  • 1984 Black Uhuru – Anthem
  • 1985 Jimmy Cliff – Cliff Hanger
  • 1986 Steel Pulse – Babylon the Bandit
  • 1987 Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War
  • 1988 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Conscious Party
  • 1989 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – One Bright Day
  • 1990 Bunny Wailer – Time Will Tell: A Tribute to bob Marley
  • 1991 Shabba Ranks – As Raw As Ever
  • 1992 Shabba Ranks – X-tra Naked
  • 1993 inner circle – Bad Boys
  • 1994 Bunny Wailer – Crucial! Roots Classics
  • 1995 Shaggy – Boombastic
  • 1996 Bunny Wailer – Hall of Frame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary
  • 1997 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Fallen Is Babylon
  • 1998 Sly and Robbie – Friends
  • 1999 Burning Spear – Calling Rastafari
  • 2000 Beenie Man – Art and Life
  • 2001 Damian Marley – Halfway Tree
  • 2002 Lee Perry – Jamaican E.T.
  • 2003 Sean Paul – Dutty Rock
  • 2004 Toots & the Maytals – True Love
  • 2005 Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
  • 2006 Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion
  • 2007 Stephen Marley – Mind Control
  • 2008 Burning Spear – Jah Is Real
  • 2009 Stephen Marley – Mind Control Acoustic
  • 2010 Buju Banton – Before the Dawn
  • 2011 Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt. 1 – the root of Life
  • 2012 Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth
  • 2013 Ziggy Marley – in concert
  • 2014 Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta
  • 2015 Morgan Heritage – Strictly Roots
  • 2016 Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
  • 2017 Damian Marley – Stony Hill
  • 2018 Sting & Shaggy – 44/876
  • 2019 Koffee – Rapture

Category Name Change:


BEST REGGAE ALBUM (1991 – 2019)


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