The Grammy Nominations Concert has become a star-studded annual event that is televised in U.S. on CBS. In addition to live performance, the event announces the nominees for the next Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert was held November 20 at the Nokia Theater. Here is what this celebrity who attended the event said in backstage during a press conference in the media room.
Album of the Year – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”
Record of the Year – “Grenade”
Song of the Year – “Grenade”
Best Pop Solo Performance – “Grenade”
Best Pop Vocal Album – “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical – as part of The Smeezingtons production team
Congratulations on your Grammy nominations. Does being nominated ever get old?
It’s my second time [being a nominated artist at a Grammys ceremony]. It’s pretty incredible. It is so weird getting this kind of news and then to come here and try to talk. I’m going to do my best without saying anything I might regret.
But as far as the nominations are concerned, we couldn’t be happier. And for us, “Grenade,” that’s our trophy song. We’ve been fortunate enough to work with a lot of artists, but I think I can speak for all of us [in my band] that that song, I feel like we did something that one. It took us a while to write that record.
We were slaving away at the studio. It took us three months to finish “Grenade.” It was just after “Just the Way You Are,” and I felt like, “Man, I want people to hear this side.” And I hope they did.
Which artist do you want to work with next?
I think what we want to do is find some new talent and produce a whole album, find a band, find a solo artist, a rapper — something that we think we can contribute to and make it special.
This year, you received nominations in the Grammy Awards’ three biggest categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. What do these nominations mean to you?
[He says jokingly] Well, it proves that I’m the greatest, right? I’m about to get real cheesy. Get ready. It means that hard work pays off.
What do you think about competing against Adele in those categories?
Adele is incredible. Of course, Adele is amazing, and she’s got a voice like an angel. I’ve been fortunate enough to do TV shows with her. And just speaking with her and talking to her, she’s one of the coolest persons I’ve ever met in this business.
And she’s so cool and real and down-to-earth. She just has this God-given talent to be able to sing like that. So bless her and congratulations to her. But I hope I win!
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