First-Time GRAMMY Nominees: The National

  • The National
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  • The National's Scott Devendorf
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(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 was on the train home when I started getting messages from our manager saying, "Congratulations." At first I had no idea what for, so I wrote back, "Thanks," and then, "For what?" Moments later I received her reply that the GRAMMY nominations had just been announced and that our band were nominees for Best Alternative Music Album. It was far from my mind that this was a possibility for us (and I had forgotten the significance of the announcement date).

We've been a family of brothers and friends practically our whole lives, and a band for more than 14 years, working, touring, traveling, and playing together in clubs, small venues and, in more recent years, larger theaters and venues. Our group and whole team are very much a family — one that has worked hard and enjoyed and endured together all the ups and downs along the way.

Through the night and next day we received so many nice messages and congratulations from friends and family everywhere. It made me realize that the GRAMMYs is an award that not only musicians and the music industry recognize, but people everywhere! We can't wait to attend the event on Jan. 26 — it's a real honor and humbling experience for us all to be nominated and recognized among so many of our talented peers.

Good luck to everyone, and thank you!

— Scott Devendorf

(The National — comprising Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar/keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Bryan Devendorf (drums), and Scott Devendorf (bass) — are nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Trouble Will Find Me. Released in 2013, the album features 13 tracks and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.)

Come back to on Jan. 22 as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Tig Notaro. Tune in to the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

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