Sean Paul is capping off what turns out to be a massive year with a well deserved Grammy nomination. The dancehall icon received a nod for his collaboration with Sia “Cheap Thrills” in the Best Pop Duo/Group category.
“Cheap Thrills” became a monster hit this year and eventually peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the summer. The club anthem features Sean Paul’s signature flow and Sia’s eccentric vocals coming together for a catchy single. The lyrics video for the song has already topped 686 million views on YouTube.
In the Best Pop Duo category, Sean Paul will face stiff competition from his fellow Caribbean national Rihanna who is the hot favorite in the category for her single “Work” featuring Drake. The other nominees are Twenty One Pilots (Stressed Out), Lukas Graham (7 Years), and The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey (Closer).
Sean Paul already has a Grammy under his belt when he won a trophy for Best Reggae Album in 2004 for Dutty Rock. He was also nominated that same year for Best New Artist. Since then he has received three nominations for Best Reggae Album, including last year for his Full Frequency LP.
SP signed a multi-album record deal with Island Records this year and will be dropping his first project from that contract in early 2017.
Sean Paul scored some additional hits this year though not as a big as “Cheap Thrills.” His recent collaborative single with Tory Lanez “Tek Weh Yuh Heart” debut at the top of the Billboard Reggae Digital Song chart and his duet with British singer Dua Lipa “No Lie” debut in the top ten on said chart.
It almost seems like the “Get Busy” deejay is taking us back in time when he dominated the mid 2000 with a ton of hit songs including his breakout hit “Gimme The Light” and a massive collaboration with Beyonce on “Baby Boy.”