First-Time Nominee: Alex Da Kid

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 actually in the audience at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" when they read my nominations aloud. The first one came and I remember saying, "Wait, I got nominated?" And then the second, and then there was another, and another and it didn't really sink in until I got home later that evening.

It was just more than two years ago that I moved to the United States to start my career. I grew up in London watching legendary musicians accept GRAMMY Awards. And now I'm nominated for four. I always hoped for this moment, but it's surreal to see it play out. Unfortunately, I haven't really had much time to celebrate; I've been so busy in the studio working. The show is creeping up in a few days, so I should probably start shopping (haha). I'm still not sure what I will wear exactly, but it will most likely include a sombrero (haha).

I've been asked who I am most excited to see perform. I guess I have to say anyone who is performing one of my songs (haha). Oh, and Miranda Lambert. I have a sneaky suspicion that she may dedicate one of her romantic ballads to me (haha).

However the night pans out, I plan to take some time off to celebrate.

(Producer/engineer Alexander Grant (aka Alex Da Kid) is nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Rap Song for Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna; and Album Of The Year for Eminem's Recovery at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Grant also produced B.o.B.'s GRAMMY-nominated "Airplanes, Part II" featuring Paramore's Hayley Williams.)

Come back to tomorrow as we hear from first-time GRAMMY nominee Morgan Page. 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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