(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 found out about my GRAMMY nomination when I arrived back home from performing at the 2011 Soul Train Awards and Mint Condition's road manager called and left a message to say congrats! I thought he was talking about an incredible performance on Soul Train. Later, he explained it was for my GRAMMY nod! Wow! I still wasn't sure what that meant because this kind of stuff has been off my radar for so long, you just get used to it.
The next day I started getting calls and emails from many friends and colleagues. It then became real to me. I sent Kelly [Price] a text and we were excited, chattin' back and forth.
From that point, at pretty much every Mint Condition show we have been making all our fans aware of my GRAMMY nod. Lots of people feel it's way overdue, but we think if you do great work and stay true, and with hard work and perseverance, many great things will follow.
Whenever it comes? It’s still right on time.
As for what I'll be wearing? An original from House of KAS. Let's just hope that my plane gets in on time from Paris on Feb. 12.
(Stokley is nominated for Best R&B Performance with Kelly Price for "Not My Daddy," which peaked at No. 22 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. He is the lead vocalist for R&B act Mint Condition, with whom he charted at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 in 2011 for their most recent release, 7 ….)
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