GRAMMY-winning R&B artist Miguel was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Hosted during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles, Miguel discussed the beginning of his career, writing songs for other artists and his GRAMMY-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream. Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"Kaleidoscope Dream is a snapshot, if you will, of my lifestyle," said Miguel. "It's all the things that I live, all my sensibilities … in this sonic projection. I was very, very involved in creating the sound of this album. It was really important to show people what inspires me sonically."
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A California native, Miguel began his career as a singer/songwriter and producer. Released in 2010, his debut album, All I Want Is You, peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200. That same year he garnered his first GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Song for co-writing Jaheim's "Finding My Way Back." Miguel subsequently co-wrote two songs on Usher's GRAMMY-winning 2011 album Raymond V Raymond.
Released in 2012, Kaleidoscope Dream peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and features "Adorn," which earned Miguel his first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song. Miguel earned a total of five nominations for the 55th GRAMMY Awards, including Song Of The Year for "Adorn." Miguel is currently on a North American tour in support of fellow GRAMMY winner Alicia Keys, with dates scheduled through April.