Jon Bellion, one of Five Towns College’s former students, won a Grammy at the 57th annual Grammy Awards Show held Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The very talented singer/songwriter from Long Island won for his work on “The Monster” by Eminem & Rihanna, which was awarded Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, while The Marshall Mathers LP2, which included his track, was voted Best Rap Album.
Now 23, Bellion grew up torn between basketball and music, but by his junior year in high school, he’d made his decision. After graduation, he enrolled in the music program at Five Towns College.
In 2013 he released his debut mix tape Translation Through Speakers, and last year he came out with his second mix tape, The Separation. Interview Magazine says his new, self-funded album, The Definition, “skillfully weaves chunky hip-hop beats and lush instrumentation with Bellion’s light, almost folksy voice and intelligent, street-smart lyrics.”
“It’s not cool to be negative or stupid,” said Bellion a few years ago when he was just starting out. “We live in a time that needs enlightenment, especially with expression through music. We’re here for anyone with a beautiful mind.”
Since then he’s launched the Beautiful Mind tour.
His music career is just beginning to reach another level and how far it takes him is wide open, but let’s not forget he got his start at Five Towns College.