While speaking to PEOPLE on the 2023 Grammy Awards red carpet, the reggae singer, 54, expressed how his nomination in the Best Reggae Album category for 2022's Com Fly Wid Mi feels extra special, thanks to the musical production from the English singer.
"It was exciting because [the album] was kind of a niche project," he explained during Sunday's red carpet, dressed in an all-white Dolce & Gabbana outfit. "It's Sinatra songs, and reggae produced by Sting and I. We cooked this idea up, and we financed it ourselves and put our heart and soul into it."
This is the second collaborative effort between the musicians. It follows 2018's 44/876, which won in the Best Reggae Album category at the 2019 Grammy Awards. As Shaggy noted: "This time, we're just coming with a little bit of a different twist to it."
When speaking about his music to PEOPLE in 2016, he explained that he was passionate about finally doing music with a level of "realness."
"I tell everyone I think I'm a genius because they're doing what I was criticized for doing years ago, which is dance-off fusion," said the artist at the time. "When I was doing it, they used to say, 'Hey, Shaggy is a sellout and he's not making music in his authentic form.'"
"I was criticized, but that type of music is now the norm."
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"I just make some records, sing along and feel good, and I'll be alright," the reggae musician added.
The 2023 Grammy Awards are airing live on CBS and Paramount+ Sunday night from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.