Caymanian JG wins Grammy nominations

Caymanian musician Jason Gilbert – known
as JG – scored two Grammy award nominations last week for his work as a
producer on Eminem’s latest album.

The 27-year-old, singer/songwriter from
George Town – who divides his time between Miramar, Florida, and the Cayman
Islands – is up for Album of the Year and the Best Rap Album for his
contribution to Eminem’s Recovery album, for which he wrote and produced the
song WTP (White Trash Party).

The producer, who has never actually met
Eminem, first came to the rapper’s attention after sending several of his
self-penned tracks to Eminem’s management team a year ago. The move,
orchestrated by fellow producer Supa Dub’s manager, resulted in JG’s song WTP
becoming track five on the 16-track Recovery album, which has been high in the
charts since it was released in June.

The album has garnered an impressive 10
Grammy nominations and represents, as the title suggests, a return to Eminem’s
winning form. 

JG, who fronts the Caymanian band ThE
iZ, and had a hit with Summer is Over on his 2007 solo album, The Mind of Jason
Gilbert, said he was still in shock since finding out that he’s up for the
music industry’s most prestigious accolades. He confirmed that he’ll be
attending the 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on 13 February,
when he’ll get to meet Eminem.

The double nominations, which mark a
first for Cayman, came as a “total surprise”, the young producer said in an
interview with the Caymanian Compass on Friday.

“I feel truly blessed to be in a
position to have accomplished such great accolades in something I love,” JG
said.

“This is not only a milestone for me but for everyone around me.” He also mentioned
the influence of his five-year-old daughter Jaiden in his work. “She’s been one
of my biggest inspirations and reason for being so focused,” he said.

Parents
Donald Gilbert and Jennifer Poe and his Cayman-based siblings Andrew and Wayne
are delighted by the news.

Speaking
on behalf of the family, Andrew Gilbert said, “This is a very proud moment for
my family… we are very excited about Jason’s nomination. I always knew that,
some day, Jason would be rewarded for all his hard work and dedication.
Although Jason has a master’s degree in finance, we always knew that he would
never be happy stuck behind a desk and have always supported his chosen career.

“Words
can’t explain how I feel right now. This is a dream come through for all of us
and I know that there are bigger and better things to come.”

In the
Grammy’s Best Album of the Year category, JG and the album’s co-producers are
up against: The Suburbs by Arcade Fire; Need You Now by Lady Antebellum; The
Fame Monster by Lady Gaga; and Teenage Dream by Katy Perry.

Other
contenders for Best Rap Album are The Adventures of Bobby Ray by B.o.B; Thank
Me Later by Drake; The Blue Print by Jay-Z; and How I Got Over by The Roots.

The
producer said he will be flying back to Grand Cayman on Wednesday, 8 December
to finish up recording an as yet untitled album with ThE iZ at Hopscotch
Studios. 

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Jason Gilbert visited the Shibuya Temple in Tokyo, Japan, during a visit last month for discussions with ThE iZ’s label.
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