Trials & Jubilations: Buju Banton Takes Grammy for ‘Before the Dawn’

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Reggae icon Buju Banton took the Grammy in the Best Reggae Album catty-gerry last night for his latest LP Before The Dawn–a powerful validation of his place in music history after a rough year of trials and mistrials–literally. In dramatic fashion, Buju heads to court for retrial today, scarcely 24 hours after his big win. But however a new judge and jury receive his plea of innocent, the judge of History–and the jury over at the Recording Academy–have already given the song “Innocent” the highest forward in the land. Judge for yourself below: