First-Time Nominee: Alex Cuba

The Recording Academy asked this year's first-time GRAMMY nominees to collect their thoughts and share what it feels like to be nominated for a GRAMMY. Tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13 on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

For me to be nominated for a GRAMMY has been incredible. I was on tour in New Orleans, walking down Canal Street, when I got a call from my partner, who told me I had been nominated. I was surprised and very proud because of how I have accomplished a lot in my career on independent labels and from a small town in Canada. This gave me a reason to believe that music is different today. That anyone from anywhere can have a career in music and reach their fans and audience as long as the music is good. It just looks great to see my little label, Caracol Records, represented alongside artists from major labels.

It is obvious that just to be nominated is a win for me, and whatever happens on Feb. 13 will be a fiesta as I intend to meet people I admire in the industry. I really appreciate the recognition and it inspires me to keep making more music.

I won a Latin GRAMMY last November for Best New Artist, which caused a wave of excitement from Spanish-speaking fans, and this nomination has created a sensation from English fans. Let's see if I can have the best afro at the GRAMMYs this Sunday.

(Cuba-native Alex Cuba is nominated for Best Latin Pop Album for his 2010 self-titled release at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. He was named Best New Artist at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards last November.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Chris Young. Tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

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