First-Time Nominee: Ana Tijoux

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).

I found out about my nomination while on tour in Spain — I think I was in Madrid. It was 4 a.m. and we had recently returned to our hotel from a concert (with the great German reggae artist Gentleman). To say I was shocked is an understatement. As a Chilean artist, the GRAMMYs aren't even on our radar — I'm told I am only the second one ever to be nominated — so it's not like we are in the habit of checking out who is nominated or hoping that we will be. Maybe we think we might have a shot at the Latin GRAMMYs, but the domestic GRAMMYs? Never.

I was pretty shocked, and I immediately ran down the hall to where my band was staying and jumped in their room and told them I had amazing news that they would never believe. I was so excited, but they just sat there with little smirks on their faces and let me tell them. They snickered the whole time. The band had somehow already found out and ruined my surprise! But in the end, who cares? We were all pretty speechless so we just jumped up and down on our hotel beds until we got yelled at by security and shushed by our neighbors.

I then went back to my room and tweeted (as I love to do), and within seconds I was getting responses from family and friends and others who loved the album, 1977. The display of support was pretty overwhelming and I was once again left without words to describe what was happening — which soon became a problem as I began receiving tons of phone calls and interview requests from Chile, and had to figure out what to say to them all. I was quoted in a headline as saying that my reaction to the news was, "Estoy plop," which means absolutely nothing to anyone but, well, that's how I felt.

Now I'm just eager for the day to come and for it to be over with. Win or lose, I just want to know because I can't take the waiting any longer, the uncertainty. And, of course, now I have to decide what to wear. Well, it's approaching fast so I've got my fingers crossed. Wish me luck!

(Ana Tijoux is nominated for Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album for 1977. In 2006 she collaborated on the song "Eres Para Mi" from Julieta Venegas' Latin GRAMMY-winning album Limón Y Sal.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Alex Da Kid. 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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