The Grammys are coming up Sunday, Jan 31, and this year, a musician from Mount Shasta is up for an award.
Shoji Kameda – a 1994 graduate of Mount Shasta High School and an accomplished taiko artist – joined the band Hiroshima seven years ago. Their latest album, “Legacy,” has been nominated for the Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards.
“Being nominated for a Grammy is something that I’ve always dreamed about,” Kameda said Friday afternoon as he prepared for the big weekend ahead.
Hiroshima was formed in 1974, and has sold more than three million albums in their career. They were nominated for Best R&B album in 1980.
A combination of pop, R&B, world music and jazz, Hiroshima also incorporates traditional Asian instruments  – such as the koto, shakuhachi, and taiko – into their sound.
“Hiroshima’s music doesn’t quite fit into any one category. We touch on a lot of different genres,” said Kameda, who provides taiko, percussion and backup vocals on the album.
The Best Pop Instrumental Album award will be announced during the pre-telecast portion of the show, Kameda said, though as a nominee, he’ll be at the televised show on CBS, as well as the nominee reception on Saturday and the official afterparty festivities Sunday night.
The last week has been a whirlwind of photo shoots and other honors, such as receiving an official commendation from the City of Alhambra, where another Hiroshima bandmember reigns from, Kameda said.
Kameda has long been involved in the local and worldwide music scene.
Growing up in Mount Shasta, he began Taiko under teachers Russell Baba and Jeanne Mercer. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began the successful On Ensemble with childhood friend and fellow Mount Shasta native Masato Baba.
Kameda’s also involved in a new band, Stereo Alchemy, which he described as “pop noir electronica.”
In addition to these projects, Kameda finds time to work on solo and collaborative projects worldwide.
Kameda thanked Baba, Mercer, and local taiko maker Mark Miyoshi for their encouragement and mentorship over the years.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored,” Kameda said. “It’s especially gratifying that Grammy nominations are made by your music-making peers... that means a lot.”