First-Time Nominee: Trombone Shorty

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 was in New York when I found out about my GRAMMY nomination. We had just finished a show and I remember I wanted to watch the nominations special but wasn't able to, so later that night my manager texted me and said, "I'm not sure but I think you got at least one GRAMMY nomination." And that's when I broke down crying. Everybody started to call me and congratulate me, and that's when I knew it was true. It's just a beautiful thing and I'm blessed and honored to even be recognized by The Recording Academy. The whole city of New Orleans is very proud. They're a part of me and I'm a part of them, so it feels good to walk around and have everybody excited for you. It gives you that extra boost of energy. I called my brother Buster right away and he couldn't believe it. He said, "Uh oh, you're big-time now."

I tweeted about my nomination when I found out: "Holy s***! I just found I got my first GRAMMY nomination!! OMG!" That's all I said and the next day some friends sent me a link to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and they actually quoted my tweet. When I got back home I walked into a barber shop and everybody started clapping. I walked down the street in my neighborhood and people came out and gave me big hugs. For me to be nominated means so much to the city and to me. It's still kind of surreal. Everywhere I go, it's been nothing but love and I can't thank the city enough for allowing me the ability to do this. Everything I do is for the city.

I've always said, "Man, I just want to get to the GRAMMYs." I've dreamed a lot of things and a lot of them have come true. The GRAMMY nomination was the last thing on my list before I had to write a new one. So I'm working on a new one. But I told myself I wanted to get to the GRAMMYs. I actually went to the show last year and played at the Pre-Telecast with some other New Orleans musicians, and I was like, "Wow, I got to the GRAMMYs and now I have to be more specific in my dream." So I told myself, "Now I'd like to be nominated for a GRAMMY." And it came true. Hard work made it come true. It's really exciting and it's a blessing. I still can't believe it.

(Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews has a 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Backatown, and also appears on the GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack to the TV series "Tremé," and the GRAMMY-nominated song "Down In New Orleans (Theme From The Princess And The Frog)." Trombone Shorty has performed his self-described "supafunkrock" with the likes of Jeff Beck, the Dave Matthews Band and Lenny Kravitz.)

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