(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.)
I remember standing at the bathroom sink as a 10-year-old, tearfully thanking my parents and my third grade music teacher for their help and inspiration while proudly holding my eyeglass case-turned-golden phonograph.
I remember sitting at the piano in high school mentally preparing for my mock duet with Natalie Maines under the bright stage lights of the GRAMMYs.
I remember playfully telling my boss that, in a couple years, I will be unavailable to work Sunday nights because I will have award shows to attend.
I remember last year when I said, "I won't be at the GRAMMYs this year, but I will be there next year and I will look undoubtedly fabulous."
When my name was announced alongside my dear friends Ben Haggerty and Ryan Lewis as a nominee for Song Of The Year, there was no amount of childhood practice speeches that could have prepared me for the tears and overwhelming gratitude that swelled within my heart. Being nominated is a large part of the honor, but the experience is tenfold: The song we're nominated for is about civil rights. It's tackling homophobia head-on, and is inherently a declaration of who I am and who I love.
I got to write and sing a song about how gay I am, and no one hurt me or told me to shut up or wrote mean reviews? Instead, people sang along and played it on the radio and other really kind people nominated us for an award? A GRAMMY? This can't possibly be real life. I can only hope I wrote those speeches down somewhere. They're probably hidden underneath a Hanson collage in my diary.
(Mary Lambert is nominated for Song Of The Year with Ben Haggerty [aka Macklemore] and Ryan Lewis for "Same Love." The song is featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist, which also earned a nomination for Album Of The Year.)
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