Fred Armisen and Weird Al Yankovic
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Linda Perry, Fred Armisen, Weird Al, & More Attend L.A. GRAMMY Nominee Reception
The pouring rain did not keep Los Angeles-based GRAMMY nominees from attending the L.A. Chapter Nominee Celebration Saturday morning, just a week before the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10.
Out of the roughly 800 GRAMMY nominees, 221 come from Los Angeles, said L.A. Chapter Executive Director Qiana Conley during the brunch event. Held at the 1920s classic-themed Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood, the weather did not affect the excitement going around the room one bit.
"My particular nomination is a little bit different than the rest because a female hasn't been represented in this category for over 14, 15 years," she said. "If I win, I will be the first woman to have ever won Producer Of The Year, so it feels pretty special and I am extremely honored to be in this position, but I hope that we can move forward and we don't have to wait another 14 years to have a woman represent."
Beyond Perry's potentially historic nomination, there was a special excitement among first-time nominees, including comedian Fred Armisen, whose Standup For Drummers is nominated for Best Comedy Album.
"It is the best feeling [to be nominated] not just cause it was a surprise, but because I just love the GRAMMYs," said Armisen. "I really grew up, like everyone, obviously, on music, but I saw a picture of David Bowie with John Lennon and Paul Simon sort of backstage at the GRAMMYs in 1975, [and] I think and it just always looked really cool like the perfect hangout."
Golden gramophone winners, meanwhile, also milled around and enjoyed the perks of the pre-GRAMMYs festivities: For GRAMMY winner Weird Al Yankovic, who is a Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package nominee for Squeeze Box: The Complete Works Of "Weird Al" Yankovic this year, loves the "free food before the show and [the] free food after ... that's always my favorite part," he said.
Yankovic, who has won four GRAMMYs and been nominated a whopping 16 times, also said that he never, ever tires of being a nominee: "It's happened to me before, but it never gets old. I never get jaded about it. I get very excited every time I get to be a part of the GRAMMY festivities and it's always nice to have validation from your peers and its a great hang, it's a wonderful party."
Tune in to CBS on Feb. 10 to see who wins a golden gramophone at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.