ABC/Randy HolmesAnderson .Paak won his first Grammy in February, and he’s hoping to add more as he received two Grammy nominations Wednesday.
“What amazing news to wake up to!! This is such an honor to be nominated for best RnB album and RnB performance!?!?,” Anderson commented on Instagram.
The 33-year-old singer/rapper is up for Best R&B Album for his latest release, Ventura, and also Best R&B Performance for “Come Home” featuring André 3000.
Anderson’s studio albums are named after four California cities where’s he lived: Venice, Malibu, Oxnard and Ventura.
“The whole point of doing the different cities, beach towns. It was a few things. I was inspired by surf culture,” Paak tells ABC Audio. “I felt like riding waves and getting off and getting on the board was all aligned with life and how we move, or how I was moving or how I am moving within my artistry.”
Paak is one of the most versatile artists recording today, working with a wide variety of stars, ranging from Dr. Dre, to Smokey Robinson, who both appear on Ventura.
He says naming his albums after various cities was his way of explaining why his music is so diversified.
“People were having a hard time grappling with us doing different genres,” he says. “This will give some sort of themes, some sort of parameters to what we’re doing,” Paak adds. “I think about the things that we’re doing on Venice where we got to explore trap and modern R&B and dance music, and then all going the way now to kinda full circle with Ventura.”
Last week, Anderson performed “Fighting Chance” at charity concerts in San Francisco, Atlanta, and New York benefiting the International Rescue Committee which assists immigrants and refugees.
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