Today, the Recording Academy announced the nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards, which will take place on Jan. 31, 2022. With recent big wins from part-Filipino artists H.E.R. and Bruno Mars, as well as part-Korean artist Anderson. Paak, music’s biggest night has certainly become a source of inspiration and jubilation for Asian America; however, it could be argued that the celebrations should have started a long time ago — 60 years ago to be exact!
In 1963, Larry Ramos became the first Asian American to win a Grammy Award. Ramos, born Hilario D. “Larry” Ramos Jr. in Hawaii, was of Filipino descent.
With established global icons such as Bruno Mars, H.E.R. and Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, as well as the skyrocketing ascension of superstars like Hailee Steinfeld, Bella Poarch and Saweetie, it is undeniable that Filipino Americans are continuing to make their mark in music. In celebration of Filipino American History Month, here are seven artists of Filipino heritage we’ve got our eyes on!7. Kajo
Don’t let the lack of information about Kajo fool you — this genre-bending songwriter and producer needs to be on your radar. Now signed to Def Jam Recordings, Kajo first gained traction after writing several songs with rapper Logic, eventually joining his label BobbyBoy Records. With an acute awareness of musical history mixed with an ear for the fantastical, his new solo work is fresh and primed to defy expectations.