Filipinos are globally known as talented and creative. As such, in the recent 59th Grammy Awards, a Filipino producer bagged a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater album for “The Color Purple.” Everyone, please meet, the pride of Iloilo City, Jhett Tolentino.
Jhett posted on his Instagram account a photo of him proudly standing in the check-in area for Grammy nominees. He captioned it with:
“Arriving the Grammy’s nominee reception.
#Grammy2017 #Grammy #LosAngeles#California #nominee #Pinoy #iAmIloilo#TheColorPurple #Broadway#MusicalTheaterAlbum.
My little blue box from The Recording Academy by Tiffany & Co. #Grammy2017 #Grammys #nominee #Pinoy #PinoyPride #MusicalTheaterAlbum #Broadway #TheColorPurple #iAmIloilo #TheRecordingAcademy #TiffanyAndCo
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When Jhett went on stage, he proudly shared the award with his fellow producers namely Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, and Scott Sanders; composers Brenda Russel and Allee Willis; and principal soloists Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and Jennifer Hudson, as mentioned by Manila Bulletin- Entertainment.
The award-winning, The Color Purple is based on the 1982 novel of Alice Walker about an African-American woman Celie in the early 20th century.
Screenshot from Jhett Tolentino’s Instagram
Additionally, Jhett isn’t a newbie in winning prestigious awards. According to the article, Jhett also won a Tony award for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (Best Musical); “A Raisin in the Sun” (Best Revival in a Play) and “Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike” (Best Play).
As a tribute to Filipino talents, Jhett returned to the Philippines to start Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc., and the rest was history.
As we all know, the Grammy’s is one of the most prestigious events ever to hit the US music industry. And once again, a Filipino made it.
Congratulations, Jhett and the rest of your team!
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