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Tourism minister congratulates Ziggy Marley on Grammy win

GRAMMY WIN: Ziggy Marley

HIS FAMOUS father celebrated his 70th birthday just three days ago and as if to mark the occasion, Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley's eldest son, was awarded his third solo Grammy Award at the annual ceremony last night (Feb 8).

The reggae artist copped the prize for his 10-track album Fly Rasta, beating SOJA's Amid the Noise; Sly & Robbie's, featuring Spicy, Chocolate The Reggae Power; Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Back on The Controls; Sean Paul's Full Frequency and Shaggy's Out of Many, One Music, to get his hands on the coveted gong.

On the heels of his win, Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill was among the first to publicly congratulate the singer.

In a statement, McNeill said the award was well deserved and that the win couldn't have come at a better time.

"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Ziggy on an award well deserved," he said. "He continues to do Jamaica proud through his excellent music. This is a significant achievement and the entire country is proud that he has won this esteemed award at a time when as a nation we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of his father, reggae icon Bob Marley."

Marley's first solo Grammy came in 2007 for Love is My Religion. Three years later, he won a Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children with Family Time.

In total, Ziggy Marley has seven Grammy wins under his belt.

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