Fantastic Negrito’s road to
GRAMMY gold began after rethinking some of the life choices he was
making on the streets of Oakland, Calif.
“Kids my age, they were
all selling drugs and a lot of people that I knew were getting killed in the
streets and I just thought, man, there’s gotta be a better way to make
money,” he told the Recording Academy.
Fast forward to 2017,
Negrito earned his first win for 2016’s The Last Days Of Oakland in
the Best Contemporary Blues Album category. In 2019, Negrito scored his second
award in the same category for 2018’s Please Don’t Be Dead.
The awards meant a lot to
him: “It’s inspiration and it is validation, especially for people that
are outside of the box, ’cause I’ve been outside of the box my entire
life,” he said. “I’ve always felt like I was watching everybody else
celebrate. It’s been the story of my life and for the GRAMMYs to honor that is
In the latest episode of
Where Do You Keep Your GRAMMY?, the lively blues singer, who got his name
thanks to the Mexican community he grew up around, shows the Recording
Academy exactly where he keeps his two cherished golden gramophones: his bank.
While the physical awards may not be in his home, it’s the legacy they carry
Negrito seems to be most grateful for.
“It’s an incredible
legacy and when I’m gone, they’ll still say two-time GRAMMY winner,” he