Two Local Reasons to Watch the Grammys Online
Hawai‘i musicians Kalani Pe‘a and Nā Hoa will find out who wins in their category Sunday morning, local time.
Hawai‘i has two good reasons to cheer—and tune in—for Sunday’s extended Grammy Awards: both Kalani Pe‘a and Nā Hoa are nominated in the category of Best Regional Roots album.
Native Hawaiian musician composer Kalani Pe‘a is hoping for a repeat win in this category, this time for his sophomore album of No ‘Ane‘i. In February of 2017, his debut album, E Walea, won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album—the first Hawai‘i artist to land the prestigious honor since the earlier category of Best Hawaiian Music Album disappeared in 2011. Pe‘a also won a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Best Hawaiian Contemporary Album that May, making him the first artist ever to win both a Grammy and a Hōkū for the same album.
Nā Hoa performing live from Grammy Museum in L.A.
Photo: Courtesy of Ikaika Blackburn
The Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning Hawaiian trio Nā Hoa is nominated in the same category for the album Aloha from Nā Hoa. The group is made up of musicians Keoni Souza, Ikaika Blackburn and Halehaku Seabury-Akaka. In 2013, Nā Hoa took home four Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for the eponymous first album Nā Hoa: album of the year, group of the year and Hawaiian music album of the year, as well as most promising artist.
The two are up against three other artists: zydeco/creole singer Sean Adoin, the New Orleans and Native American fusion group Cha Wa, and Native American singing group Young Spirit.
Both Pe‘a and Nā Hoa are already in Los Angeles, taking part in Grammy-related performances. Pe‘a will also be a presenter for the Grammy Award Premiere Ceremony, hosted by Shaggy, that includes the regional music category and other awards not given during primetime. That ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Hawai‘i time. Pe‘a is scheduled to present sometime around 11:30 a.m. HST. Check grammy.com for that show and other updates.
This is Kalani Pe‘a’s second Grammy nomination.
Photo: Courtesy of Kalani Pe‘a