SAN PEDRO — Among the Grammy Award winners Sunday night was a musician who grew up in San Pedro - Miguel Pimentel, who won for best R&B song, "Adorn."
Pimentel, 27, was born to a Latino father and a black mother, according to his official biography online. His parents divorced when he was 8.
Both parents loved music and his father was an amateur musician. At the age of 5, Miguel - influenced by Michael Jackson - decided he wanted to become a dancer.
From the ages of 13-18, he worked with a local production duo called Drop Squad.
Pimentel, who grew up near the public housing projects, attended Dana Middle School and graduated from San Pedro High School in 2003, according to Glenn Logan, whose daughter was a classmate of Pimentel's.
"Everybody knew him," said Logan, a longshoreman who now lives in Harbor City. Pimentel's singing voice was legendary even back then, he said.
"He always had a reputation as being a great singer."
"Adorn" was released on Aug. 7, 2012.
- Donna Littlejohn