First Asian Americans to Win Grammy Awards

11th March 2021

GRAMMY FIRSTS is a music history series by TRAKTIVIST celebrating the first Asian Americans to win Grammy Awards.

Larry Ramos became the first Asian / Filipino American to win a Grammy Award in 1963.

Hilario D. "Larry" Ramos Jr., of Filipino descent, was born and raised in Hawaii. In 1962, Larry Ramos joined The New Christy Minstrels, an American large-ensemble folk music group. Ramos provided backup vocals and played the banjo as well as other stringed instruments.

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63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)

10th March 2021


Congrats to this year's Asian American nominees for the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards! Listen to the playlist of these songs at end of this article.

*UPDATE 3/15/2021 10:12am:
Winners are highlighted in BOLD & *

Jhené Aiko (Japanese American)

Producers, Engineers/Mixers, Songwriters;
Fisticuffs - Brian Warfield (Filipino American)
Julian-Quán Việt Lê (Chinese Vietnamese American)

Hollywood's Bleeding
Post Malone

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