(The Recording Academy asked some of this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY.)
On Dec. 5, 2012, as I was getting ready for a show we had that night in Cabazon, Calif., I received a call from Anthony Cardona, my manager at RM Entertainment Group. On the call was Rondine Alcala, my publicist. As soon as I heard her voice I could tell something was happening. She screamed, "You are nominated [for] your album Ilusión for Best Latin Pop Album for the GRAMMYs!"
It was the last thing I was expecting from this call — actually, I was not thinking about the nominations and was not even aware that they were going to be announced that day in Nashville.
I remember watching the GRAMMY Awards every year when I was a kid. Michael Jackson, George Michael, Sting, and a lot of singers and bands who have influenced me were there and now my fourth record is nominated. This is most certainly a big achievement for any musician, and especially me.
I've always believed that dreaming is working unconsciously toward a goal. When things are done with love and dedication they always go right, but you never expect this beautiful gift from life. There is a lot of inspiration and positive energy to keep on going. I am grateful to all the members of The Academy who have felt a connection with what I do.
Singing and writing songs is the best way to show people where I come from. I believe music is the true reflection of a country and its people. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, a very beautiful country that nowadays is known for its music, among other things. I feel very proud every time I say where I'm from and this nomination is also recognition for my country, culture and roots.
I won a Latin GRAMMY in November 2012 for Ilusión in the Best Latin Tropical Fusion Album category and just to be nominated for a GRAMMY is a win for me! Let's see what happens.
I'm honored to be part of a select group of musicians that will meet this coming Feb. 10 in Los Angeles to celebrate music and, most of all, to celebrate life. Thank you for being part of this dream.
(Fonseca is nominated for Best Latin Pop Album for Ilusión. Released in November 2011, the album won a Latin GRAMMY for Best Tropical Fusion Album at the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in November 2012.)
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