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Orville "Shaggy" Burrell


Orville Richard Burrell CD, better known by his stage name Shaggy, is an acclaimed Jamaican reggae musician, singer, DJ , and actor who

scored hits with the songs "It Wasn't Me", "Boombastic", "In The Summertime", "Oh Carolina", and "Angel". He is a Multi Platinum artiste and double Grammy winner for Best Reggae Album with Boombastic in 1996 and 44/876 with Sting in 2019 and has won the Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist in 2002.


In 2007, he was awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction with the rank of Commander. In 2022, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of

Fine Arts degree from Brown University. The Ivy League university honoured Burrell for his accomplishments as an artiste and his service

to others. The citation recognizing the award noted that Burrell’s leadership and dedicated philanthropy through the Shaggy Make a

Difference Foundation have inspired peers and musical legends to join him in concert to raise funds for more than $100 million in 

equipment for Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica. For over a decade he has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to

helping the hospital.


Shaggy’s massive contribution to the development of Jamaican music and solid work ethic have cemented him among the most

respected and recognized Jamaican acts worldwide. His craft and general conduct have led him to rub shoulders with the world’s

leaders and shakers.


The Reggae Dancehall icon and US Marine who got his start in New York City’s dancehall scene after moving to Brooklyn in his teens, and

who after serving four years in the U.S. Marines, including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm, earned his

first record deal and scored a global crossover hit with ‘ Oh Carolina’.


As the only diamond selling dancehall artist in music history, Shaggy has sold more than 40 million album units to date in addition to

landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200, including four in the top 40. He is among the top

three streamed reggae artists of all time on Spotify.

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