Koffee’s ascension to the throne was on full display at the 62nd staging of the annual Grammy awards show on Sunday, January 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fast-rising reggae superstar made history by winning the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with her EP Rapture.
Veteran reggae musicians over the years would have walked away with the award for Best Reggae Album, but Koffee has broken that chain exposing fresh new talents and possibilities for other upcoming musicians.
The 19-yr-old reggae sensation born Mickayla Simpson became the youngest and the only woman to be awarded and nominated for a Grammy in her category sending thrills and goosebumps throughout the Caribbean culture and entertainment industry.
In her acceptance speech she “thanked all the producers and everyone who helped to make Rapture what it is today.” She paid her respects to Julian Marley, Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage “for all the input them have made in the reggae industry” and she ended her speech with “This one is for Reggae. This one is for Jamaica.”
Toast has been Koffee’s breakout song from her Reggae EP album- Rapture which was released last year, since then, it became a massive hit snatching the hearts of many globally with its compulsive beats.
Rapture had debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae albums chart and stayed there for 32 weeks.
This year, Koffee was up against a slew of notable reggae artists whose albums were nominated for the award, these are Mass Manipulation – Steel Pulse, As I am- Julian Marley, The Final Battle: Sly & Robbie vs. Roots Radics -Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics) and Third World’s More Work to be done. All of which are previous nominees except Koffee.
Over the years, Grammy reggae judges have also favored the Marley family who traditionally would claim the award for best reggae album, but Koffee has challenged and broken that narrative.
Since her emergence in the music and entertainment industry, Koffee has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with. She might be small, but the impact and contribution that Koffee has brought to the table are beyond mighty.
She is not only seen as a force in the music ecosystem, but she’s one of the most talked-about artistes globally.
Koffee is set to continue on the road to success in 2020 with performances confirmed for Coachella in April, and the St. Kitts Music Festival in June alongside Chronixx. She was also recently added to the lineup of artistes (including Shenseea and Squash) slated to perform at the Viewtopia Music Fest during Super Bowl Weekend from January 31 to February 1 at Marlins Park in Miami Florida.