Close to sixty years ago, the first Filipino American artist to have won a Grammy was Larry Ramos with The New Christy Minstrels for Best Performance In A Chorus in 1963. It was for their 1962 debut album, 'Presenting The New Christy Minstrels.'
In 1967, he joined The Association.
On Sunday, April 3rd 2022, five Filipino American artists - Olivia Rodrigo, H.E.R., Saweetie, Bruno Mars (of Silk Sonic) and Elle King (in a duet with Miranda Lambert) had 22 Grammy nominations between them - but three of them conquered the 64th annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada scoring three of the four major awards.
Olivia Rodrigo won three of her seven Grammy nominations for her debut album, 'Sour.' They were Best Pop Vocal Album ('Sour'), Best Pop Solo Performance ('drivers license') and Best New Artist.
Rodrigo's win for Best New Artist puts her in esteemed company including Carly Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, Billie Eilish and the Beatles.
H.E.R. won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for 'Fight For You.' It was written for the 2021 film, "Judas and the Black Messiah."
It won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 93rd ceremony of the 2021 Academy Awards.
The throwback R&B act Silk Sonic — led by the duo of Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars — won four Grammys: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best R&B Performance (in a tie with Jazmine Sullivan) and Best R&B Song Of The Year. All for 'Leave The Door Open.'
Congratulations to all Grammy nominees and winners! And, to Filipino Representation!
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Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.