First-Time Nominees: ChocQuibTown

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).

We received the GRAMMY nomination news while working in a studio in Puerto Rico on a new remix for our song "De Donde Vengo Yo." We knew it was the day that the official list of GRAMMY nominees would be released, and so we were waiting to see what would happen. After we heard the great news we immediately started jumping with happiness. We were very excited! We had just won our first Latin GRAMMY last November, which we were still celebrating and couldn't believe this was also happening. We immediately posted the news to our Twitter page and thousands of comments came flooding in immediately! People in Colombia, and especially our region of Choco, have celebrated our Latin GRAMMY Award as something that belongs to them, so our GRAMMY nomination has also been received with a lot of emotion. Choco is a part of Colombia that has been largely forgotten and we grew up with the traditional rhythms of the region — they are an important part of the future of Latin music.

This GRAMMY nomination is very significant and brings us a step closer to our dream of placing our music and our culture on the world map. Ever since the formation of ChocQuibTown, our mission has been to introduce our culture and music and it is wonderful to see all this happening! We also took the marimba de chonta instrument to the world stage at the Latin GRAMMYs. The United Nations recently declared the instrument as an "intangible cultural heritage of humanity."

A GRAMMY is a dream for many groups and we are now closer to making this a reality. We will be in Los Angeles for the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 13 and we look forward to celebrating with musicians, composers and all artists who are in the music industry. We are already excited just for being nominated.

(ChocQuibTown are nominated for Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album for Oro at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The group is slated to perform prior to the GRAMMY Awards telecast at the Pre-Telecast Ceremony. ChocQuibTown won Best Alternative Song for "De Donde Vengo Yo" at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards last November.)

Come back to GRAMMY.com on Feb. 7 as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Ana Tijoux. 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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