Apart from the country’s beautiful beaches and sunny weather, Jamaica is also the home to many popular personalities! A great number of highly talented athletes and singers who come from Jamaica have managed to gain global recognition representing their country as admirably as possible.
Now, let’s check who made it to the list of the top five most influential people from Jamaica:
#1 Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who is widely known as the fastest person ever. Bolt became the first man to win six gold medals in sprinting in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, and the first to hold both the 100- and 200-metre world records. After his achievements, Bolt has earned the nickname “Lighting Bolt” as well as many awards including the IAAF World Athlete of the Year, Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
#2 Sean Paul
Sean Paul is a Jamaican dancehall rapper, singer-songwriter and producer who has collaborated with many other famous artists including Beyoncé, Akon, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna. Thus far, he has won 20 awards including an MTV Music Award for Best New Act of the Year in 2003, and others that proclaimed Sean Paul as the Top Reggae Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. The singer’s major success was his 2002 album Dutty Rock which reached #1 on the US Rap Billboard charts and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.
#3 Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is a Jamaican-born English professional footballer who plays as a winger, attacking midfielder or striker for Liverpool and the English national team. In 2014, Sterling won the Golden Boy award after a group of pan-European sports journalists recognised him as the best under-21 football player in Europe! After he made his debut at the age of 10 with the Queens Park Rangers, he represented England at under-16, 17 and 21 levels before joining the national team and performing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
#4 Grace Jones
Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. At the age of 13, Jones moved to New York and then to Paris to pursue a career as a model where she worked for Yves St. Laurent and Claude Montana, and appeared on the covers of Elle, Vogue and Stern. Thus far, she has been nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Long-Form Music Video and a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has inspired many other prominent artists such as Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox and Rihanna.
#5 Ziggy Marley
Taking after his father Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley is a famous Jamaican musician and vocal leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Throughout his career, Marley had the chance to record solo albums as well, while his second solo album Love Is My Religion won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Marley has worked on many philanthropic projects including Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment which aims to help Jamaican and Ethiopian children. Also, he is an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organisation that offers musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools across the US.
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