Reggae artists increasingly collaborated with hip-hop artists. Popular collaborations include: Beenie Man and Janet Jackson, and Sean Paul and Beyonce Knowles.
Reggae music continued to gain appreciation by crossing many social and international barriers.
The recording of reggae music expanded to a variety of genres and languages, including: gospel, calypso, Spanish, German and French. In 2003, Junko Kudo, a Japanese dancer, became the first non-Jamaican Dancehall Queen.
At the 2004 Grammy Awards, reggae artist Sean Paul became the first DJ to be nominated for a non-reggae category. Though Sean Paul won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, he was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best New Artist.
Listen to the dancehall hit: Get Busy, by Sean Paul. This clip is from www.fye.com.
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