Hawaii was a big winner at the Grammy Awards, and not just because of Bruno Mars

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) - Bruno Mars had a magical Grammy night on Sunday, but he wasn't the only person representing the islands at the big event.

Mars took home six Grammy Awards; his hit retro-inspired album "24K Magic" earned him top honors in the Album and Record of the Year categories.

Here's a look at some of the other musicians who made Hawaii proud at the Grammys:

  • Taj Mahal, a resident of Kauai, is an American blues musician who picked up his fifth Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
  • Peter Kater, who Maui home, won his first Grammy in the Best New Age Album category. He was nominated 13 times.
  • Jason Baum, also of Maui, won his first Grammy. Baum is a graduate of Maui High School and has produced or worked on over 70 videos. He was one of the producers who won for Best Music Video for "Humble" by Kendrick Lamar.
  • Josh Tatofi and Ho'okena were nominated in the Best Regional Roots Album category, though they didn't clinch the win.
  • Radford High School graduate Bette Midler was a final nominee for Best Musical Theater Album.

There was one more person with Hawaii ties at the awards.

Her name is Jasmine Perri and she was inspired to become a dancer by the one and only Justin Timberlake.

When she was in high school, Perri and her dad flew from Hawaii to New York for a Timberlake concert. Since then, she's danced with artists like Ricky Martin and Justin Beiber on tour, and on "X-Factor USA."

On Sunday, she danced alongside Rihanna as she performed on stage.

She said in a telephone interview that she still couldn't believe it.

"Been working every single day, so many hours, now we just have to go on and have fun. It was totally an incredible experience," she said.

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