Joey Alexander, 13, was again nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award on Dec. 6 for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Born in Bali, Alexander was nominated for his take on “Countdown” off John Coltrane’s classic work “Giant Steps.” He was also nominated for two Grammys in 2016, but did not win. The latest awards will be presented at the music industry’s annual gala in Los Angeles in February.
Other Asian Americans nominated at the Grammys include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has 16 Grammys and is nominated in two categories for his work with the Silk Road Ensemble, and rapper Brandon Paak Anderson — better known as Anderson .Paak — who is nominated for three awards, including best new artist. “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” a documentary that follows musician Steve Aoki is also nominated for a Grammy in the best music film category.