Ziggy Marley cops Emmy Award Image

by Biko Kennedy

Ziggy Marley picked up an Emmy for original song in a children's or animation program, for 'I Love You Too!' from Disney Channel's '3rd and Bird' at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards held in Los Angeles.

A four-time Grammy winner, Marley, the former lead singer of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, expressed shock at winning the award, insisting he knew nothing of the nomination, much less the accolade.

He candidly told the Jamaica Observer, "When somebody mentioned to me that I won an Emmy, I was like 'What's that?'. It's not like the Grammys when you know you are nominated and there is a lot of buzz around that... so I never expected it, but it feels good."

I Love You Too was recorded after Marley was contacted by representatives from 3rd and Bird following the release of his children's album, Family Time in 2009. He and the Melody Makers had previously appeared on the prominent American children's show, Sesame Street while Marley himself featured as a voice on another children's program, Shark Tale.

"For the Emmy to acknowledge and recognize us [Reggae music] in this form is something new for us, and is definitely a step forward," 44-year-old Marley explained to the Observer.

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