HSPVA Alumnus Robert Glasper Wins Grammy Award

Robert Glasper

Photo by Mike Schreiber. Courtesy of EMI Music.

Robert Glasper, an alumnus of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, took home the award for Best R&B Album earlier this month at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Glasper, who turns 35 in April, won for his latest album, “Black Radio.” The album blends jazz, R&B, funk and hip-hop and features appearances by Lupe Fiasco, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and others.

After the victory, Glasper said the album came together by letting the music happen and blending the genres together. From the Los Angeles Times:

“We just kind of let it happen as it happened. We didn’t overthink it and we let the music take over. The music is smarter than us,” he said of his host of collaborations. “I feel like if we keep the same formula going and let everything do what it’s gonna do … we’ll keep being surprised. A lot of stuff happened right there on the spot, but that’s kind of how I wanted it to be, kind of loose.”

According to Robert’s Twitter, he will be performing at Scott Gertner’s at Houston Pavillion and Sky Bar on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Watch Robert explain more about the album, his career and his influences on the Grammy website. Below is his recently released cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady.”

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