“When God showered the world with unbelievable singing talent, all Filipinos were there.” This is a classic joke that people from around the world usually say, especially because many people from the Philippines have what it takes when it comes to singing.
From Enrique Iglesias to Nicole Scherzinger who are both of Filipino descent, it’s safe to assume that musicality runs in the blood of many Filipinos — and the proof is the ever-growing list of talented Pinoys in the music industry. (Read: Manny Pacquiao, Maria Ressa Among 100 Outstanding Filipinos in America)
As a matter of fact, just recently, the American Recording Academy announced that five Filipino-American (Fil-Am) musicians are among its list of nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards set to take place in January 2021.
Fil-Am Grammy Nominees: H.E.R.
Award-winning musician H.E.R. is yet again nominated for three Grammy awards which include Song Of The Year for her hit song “I Can’t Breathe” and Best R&B Song for “Better Than I Imagined” and “Slow Down” with rapper Skip Marley.
Last year, H.E.R. bagged two categories at the 61st Grammy Awards. The then 21-year-old singer was nominated for five awards and won Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for her song “Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar. (Read: 2021 Grammys: Beyoncé Tops List With 9 Nominations, BTS Makes History)
H.E.R., whose real name is Gabriella Wilson, was born to an African-American father and a Filipina mother.
Fil-Am Grammy Nominees: Robert Lopez
Fil-Am composer Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who co-wrote “Into The Unknown” for the Disney movie Frozen 2, also received a nomination for Best Song Written For Visual Media for the 2021 Grammys. (Read: Frozen 2 raises ‘girl power’ to another level–and we are all for it!)
“We were so surprised and excited when we heard [about it]! There are no nominations without the incredible directors, crew, artists, and engineers at @Disneyanimation. We are so grateful to the thousands of people that helped make this possible,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote on Twitter.
Fil-Am Grammy Nominees: Brian Keith Warfield
Although Brian is not a singer, the R&B producer who is of Filipino and African-American descent was among those who worked on Jhené Aiko’s album Chilombo. And for the 2021 Grammys, the album received several nominations such as Album of the Year, Best Progressive R&B Album, and Best R&B Performance for the song “Lightning & Thunder”.
Fil-Am Grammy Nominees: Christine Allado
Filipina-British actress Christine Allado also received a nomination for Best Musical Theater Album for “The Prince of Egypt.” (Read: Revisiting Adele’s Previous Albums as We Await the New One)
“Who knows what miracles you can achieve?” Allado wrote in an Instagram post. “So ridiculously thrilled to be #GRAMMY nominated for the @princeofegyptuk album!! Congratulations to all the nominees and huge big love to team POE yes yes yes!!
Fil-Am Grammy Nominees: Toro y Moi
Toro y Moi, also of Filipino and African-American descent, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Recording category for “The Difference” with Australian musician Flume. The collaboration is the first between the two artists.