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Damian Marley Reflects on Grammy Tribute to His Father

Damian Marley Performing at Grammys - H 2013
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"It’s not often that reggae entertainers are invited to events like this, so I’m just thankful that Bruno and the crew invited us to be there," said Marley, who performed with Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting.

Damian Marley, a three-time Grammy winner and the youngest son of the late Bob Marley, was part of a tribute to his father that was featured in Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

“I think it was great,” Marley told The Hollywood Reporter at the Red Light Management Grammy after-party. “As a child of reggae music, we always like to see when reggae is put upon a pedestal and of course the Grammys is one of the highest pedestals in the world, so we are glad to be a part of that.”

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The tribute, a crowd favorite of the night, featured Damian and his brother Ziggy Marley, Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna. Mars started out the tribute with "Locked Out of Heaven," and then Sting joined him onstage for a rendition of The Police's "Walking on the Moon." Rihanna, Damian and Ziggy then came onstage for a performance of "Could You Be Loved."

Damian Marley said that the group of performers put together for the tribute was “complimentary of reggae music.”

At the Red Light Management after-party at Skybar in West Hollywood, Marley chatted with Sean Paul and other friends. Other artists in attendance included Natasha Bedingfield, Dierks Bentley and former American Idol contestants Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart.

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Marley, who won best reggae album and best urban/alternative performance for Welcome to Jamrock at the 2009 Grammy Awards, told THR that he didn’t get to attend all the rehearsals for the tribute, but that he felt that the ones he did attend prepared him for the big performance.

“Overall, it’s not often that reggae entertainers are invited to events like this, so I’m just thankful that Bruno and the crew invited us to be there,” he said.

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