(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'm so excited and honored to be nominated for a GRAMMY. I was on my tour bus when I got the call from my manager, Mitchell Solarek, who was screaming! He has been with me from the beginning of my career, and has wanted to deliver that news to me for the past 12 years. He finally got to make that call. I had been nominated for a GRAMMY!
The performance I'm nominated for is on a song that my husband, Bernie Herms, co-wrote and produced. So this is extra special and kind of a family affair. Bernie will, of course, be my date to the big night. And I'm thrilled that designer Abi Ferrin will be dressing me for the red carpet. I've committed my life and platform to the fight against human trafficking, and Abi has done the same. Disenfranchised women from around the world contribute to every piece of clothing in the Abi Ferrin collection. So the dress I will be wearing will help restore dignity and provide a fair wage for a woman rescued from slavery and abuse. I will definitely wear it with pride.
(Natalie Grant is nominated for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance for "Alive (Mary Magdalene)," a track from the multiartist project Music Inspired By The Story. Grant's most recent studio effort, 2010's Love Revolution, peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200.)
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